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Summary

Rebirding takes the long view of Britain’s wildlife decline, from the early taming of our landscape and its long-lost elephants and rhinos, to fenland drainage, and the removal of cornerstone species such as wild cattle, horses, beavers and boar. Forward in time, it also covers the intensification of our modern landscapes and the collapse of invertebrate populations.

It looks at key reasons why species are vanishing, as our landscapes become ever more tamed and less diverse, with wildlife trapped in tiny pockets of habitat. It explores how Britain has, uniquely, relied on modifying farmland, rather than restoring ecosystems, in a failing attempt to halt wildlife decline.

The irony is that 94 percent of Britain is not built upon at all. And with more nature-loving voices than any European country, we should, in fact, have the best, not the most impoverished, wildlife in our continent. Especially when the rural economics of our game estates and upland farms are among the worst in Europe.

Britain is blessed with all the space it needs for an epic wildlife recovery. The deer estates of the Scottish Highlands are twice the size of Yellowstone National Park. Snowdonia is larger than the Maasai Mara. The problem in Britain is not a lack of space. It is that our precious space is uniquely wasted - not only for wildlife, but for people’s jobs and rural futures, too.

Rebirding maps out how we might finally turn things around: rewilding national parks, restoring natural ecosystems, and allowing our wildlife a far richer future. In doing so, an entirely new sector of rural jobs would be created, finally bringing Britain’s dying rural landscapes and failing economies back to life.

Praise for the book:

“This is a wonderful book, visionary, illuminating and fascinating.” (George Monbiot, author and environmental activist)

"A wonderfully imaginative book, which shows how things could be with our rapidly declining areas of countryside, instead of how - despairingly - they are now." (Rod Liddle, The Spectator)

©2019 Benedict Macdonald (P)2020 Benedict Macdonald

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You will look at the world through different eyes.

Brilliant narration, book is utterly fantastic and eye opening. This book isn't just birds or for bird people, I picked it because I was interested in the concept of rewilding. If you care about or are interested in nature, this book will give you a new way of looking at your sorroundings through the knowledge of what used to be, what the current state is and how we can move forward.

I feel like this book could be the platform for the beginning of a potentially amazing movement.

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Inspirational book

Everyone who loves British nature should read this book to be inspired by what is possible. And then badger the nature charities to work for this, and not give up at setbacks.

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A captivating, fabulous read. Highly recommended.

Not just for birders! The past, present and future ecology of the UK. Common sense conservation.

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Please wake up to what’s going on

Such an educational book to listen too. Like most I’ve been listening to recently.
It’s a sad cry… when so many of our population including our children are not aware of how serious this is! The question I would ask is… why is this information not a huge part of our children’s education in the curriculum?
Why is this not put into documentaries on our local TV to replace what rubbish gets put on TV? Ie; Coronation St, East Enders, Emmerdale Farm.
Or at least cooperate it into what we all watch?

I liked the whole education of the book.
I disliked this information not being put on air more often. And why are they not putting it on our local channels, for all ages.

This is aimed at our government and I would like you to ask this question!
As I am too poorly to forward this on.
My read, in which I haven’t listened to it all yet. As I keep having to go back ~ is to educate
All our councils wide and far ~ to wake up to what the hell our government are doing to us all.
No more it’s got to stop!

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Wow what a book for our times

I loved this book , the first two chapters are fairly devastating to listen to but necessary. However the hope for a better future that really does make complete achievable sense fills me with positive tangible faith . I wish for everyone to read this book and lobby our governing bodies to take on board these ideas . Who knew that rebirding could save our whole essence of nature and economy too

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An inspiring vision for our future

This is an amazing informative book - left me with a burning desire for drastic change in the UK and a full belief in the vision of a wilder future proposed. Found the narrator very clear but slightly monotone - hence four stars for performance- but this didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book. I urge everyone to read it and then to fight for change!

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A wonderful wake up for everyone.

Rebirding is both harrowing and magnificent. Wonderful in many ways but from my pov really useful at putting numbers to solutions. Everyone needs to read. I wept at the Hedgehog stats.

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such an important book so poorly read.

very interesting, informative and inspiring but the reading is bad, the emphasis is placed on the wrong words and it's really distracting but not unbearable.

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The content of the book is wonderful and compelling. Unfortunately let down here by an overly cheery narrator, who sounds more suited to reading out "special offers" during a sale season on the radio. The tone of narration is so one dimensional and far removed from the content that it becomes hard to take in what's being said. Ended up buying the physical book instead.

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If you love nature a must read.

A good introduction to further study and research on a very important topic worth exploring.