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Summary

The RSPB’s Book of the Season.

The distinctive white-tailed sea eagle was driven to extinction in Britain more than 200 years ago, but this immense predator is making a return to our skies, thanks to Roy Dennis, an ornithologist, conservationist and arguably the driving force behind the UK’s reintroduction agenda.

Roy was instrumental in returning the Osprey, red kite and golden eagle to the British Isles, but the road to reintroduction isn’t an easy one. In what will surely be the seminal book on British reintroductions, Roy details the painstaking process of returning the Goldeneye to Scotland, one duckling at a time, the die-hard determination needed to make a dazzling success of the red kite reintroduction and the leap of faith we will all need to make to accept sharing our forests and skies with large carnivores again. He also illustrates all that we have to gain by restoring our ecosystems to balance.

Filled with a lifetime’s worth of stories from the front lines of conservation, Reintroduction offers an eye-opening insight into the complexities of reintroducing extinct animals to Britain. It’s also an intimate portrait of these apex predators and a reminder of why we need them.

©2020 Roy Dennis (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"A wonderful book, steeped in knowledge and experience of nature and of the more practical ends of nature conservation.... No one else could write this book from personal experience – it’s a treat.... A joy to read, and gives plenty of information but also food for thought." (Mark Avery)

"Dennis is the most significant conservationist you’ve probably never heard of, and possessed of a radicalism that would startle the most outspoken young environmentalist.... Dennis’s vision of how to halt the extinction crisis and restore lost habitats and species in Britain deserves attention because it is rooted in 60 years of pioneering conservation action.... Like Dennis, the book is modest, deeply informative and profoundly hopeful, in that it shows a new generation how to bring back lost species." (Patrick Barkham, Guardian)

"Roy’s passion and love of wildlife is visible in every crevice of the book...a tantalising and inspiring read." (The Scottish Field)

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A fascinating book, by a renowned conservationist

I have been waiting a long time to read this book, Roy Dennis is a well known and respected conservationist who has led fascinating world of animal and bird reintroductions. As I was on a long journey and thought I would treat myself to the audio book. As expected the story and information are fascinating. However the whole thing is totally ruined by the terrible narration. It sounds like ‘text to speak’ or that the narrator has no interest in the subject, never read allowed before or perhaps had not practised it at all. It is quite the worst narrated book I have heard. I shall be asking for a refund and reading the book properly myself. What a waste of a great opportunity.

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Rewilding, this is where to start

I have been waiting so long to read this book. I have to say the wait was worth it. Roy has laid the foundations for the current trend of rewilding. He surely deserves the title of Father of rewilding. We have seen the fruits of Roy and others all across the UK. When we first went to Loch Garten to see the Ospreys little did we know that he was also largely responsible for the Goldeneye and her brood of chicks on the small lochen at Boat of Garten. I had no idea tat Roy has been behind so many re-introductions here and abroad. Surely if Nature has some sort of medal for services to Nature, Roy deserves to be awarded it.
It was enlightening to see how much opposition he received from politicians and conservation bodies. A good read. You won't believe how may re-ntroductions Roy has been involved in.

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what an interesting life

Truly a great man dedicating his life to bringing back nature to our depleted country