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Wilding

The Return of Nature to a British Farm
Narrated by: Isabella Tree
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
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Summary

In Wilding, Isabella Tree tells the story of the ‘Knepp experiment’, a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex, using free-roaming grazing animals to create new habitats for wildlife. Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is, above all, an inspiring story of hope.

Forced to accept that intensive farming on the heavy clay of their land at Knepp was economically unsustainable, Isabella Tree and her husband, Charlie Burrell, made a spectacular leap of faith: they decided to step back and let nature take over. Thanks to the introduction of free-roaming cattle, ponies, pigs and deer - proxies of the large animals that once roamed Britain - the 3,500 acre project has seen extraordinary increases in wildlife numbers and diversity in little over a decade.

Extremely rare species, including turtle doves, nightingales, peregrine falcons, lesser spotted woodpeckers and purple emperor butterflies, are now breeding at Knepp, and populations of other species are rocketing. The Burrells’ degraded agricultural land has become a functioning ecosystem again, heaving with life - all by itself.

Personal and inspirational, Wilding is an astonishing account of the beauty and strength of nature, when it is given as much freedom as possible.

©2018 Isabella Tree (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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"The remarkable story of an astounding transformation." (George Monbiot, author of Feral)

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A practical, reasoned approach to rewinding

Wilding is a really useful overview of the issues surrounding rewinding and views them in a pragmatic, optimistic way. As an ecologist and environmental science lecturer, I highly recommend this book, particularly for a post Brexit Britain.

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Amazing

Opens your ears and eyes to the real silence of Nature in your area, so sad and yet inspiring, life is change, Isabella explains how a u turn can be started.

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Endlessly thought provoking

I had to put this book down regularly in order to digest the relentlessly eye-opening content. The historical context cast an illuminating light on the modern perception of our ‘natural’ baseline. The audio version, recorded by the author herself, added an additional dimension to the narrative. I would highly recommend this to all.

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Please can everyone on the world read this book

Please can everyone on the world read this book. It is vital stuff for the future of the earth.

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Reality but depressing

although beautifully researched and written it paints a very depressing picture of what human kind is doing to planet earth and the destruction of wildlife and habitat. at times I struggled to continue to listen but glimmers of hope kept me going.
I would have been better served with a more interesting and upbeat narration. Isabella sounded very depressed at times.
however a must read for any decent human being who cares deeply for our wildlife and future.

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tour de force

An incredibly moving, well written, well researched and inspiring book. Never before has a book brought me to tears like this, either because of the hope it brings or the sadness of what we have done to our world.

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An uplifting and very important story!

The courage and commitment of the author and her husband to “wild” their estate in Sussex may prove to be one of the most important experiments ever undertaken in conservation in lowland England.

This gripping account is a must listen for anyone concerned about the loss of habitat and species diversity in our countryside and is beautifully read by the author.

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Inspirational book

An amazing book read expertly by the author. Covers a range of very topical environmental issues based on the transformation of her farm. Essential reading for anyone with a concern for our land. Inspirational and moving.

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A guide to a practical future for the countryside

From scratch how one farm boldly tried and succeeded at changing the blueprint for farming and conservation.

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Awesome book

I enjoyed it so much, I drove to Knepp and bought some meat and honey

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