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Wilding | Isabella Tree
Forced to accept that intensive farming on the heavy clay of their land at Knepp in West Sussex 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. Once-common 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. This recovery has taken place against a backdrop of catastrophic loss elsewhere. According to the 2016 'State of Nature' report, the UK is ranked 29th in the world for biodiversity loss: 56% of species in the UK are in decline and 15% are threatened with extinction. We are living in a desert, compared with our gloriously wild past.In Wilding, Isabella Tree tells the story of the 'Knepp experiment' and what it reveals of the ways in which we might regain that wilder, richer country. It shows how rewilding works across Europe; that it has multiple benefits for the land; that it can generate economic activity and employment; how it can benefit both nature and us - and that all of this can happen astonishingly quickly. Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is, above all, an inspiring story of hope.
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Freespirit
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Knepp in West Surrey England is a 3,500 acre farm where herds of animals roam free and rare species have returned to the restored habitat. An inspirational and thought provoking story.
It would be a wonderful place to visit.
Highly recommended reading for a lover of nature💕
#memoir #Hope #vision

Freespirit @catebutler I loved the book❤️ 4mo
catebutler I added this to my wishlist, it sounds amazing, and your review just added to my desire to read it. 4mo
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Severnmeadows
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Just arrived! 😊 Really looking forward to this book.

batsy Stacked! Sounds fascinating and such a gorgeous cover. 5mo
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Soozee
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I found this book so interesting. How a farm, or estate maybe - it is very large, let it‘s land lie fallow, just grazed by small herds of cows, ponies and pigs. The benefit to the land and huge variety of wildlife it began to support was amazing. #rewilding #ukwilding #Englishnature #biodiversity

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jhod
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So my new job is working on environmental policy. Obviously I've had to buy some books to help me understand the subject area more! If anyone has any other tips I would be very grateful!

Skeebies05 Congrats on the new job!!! 1y
HannaPolkadots Not a book, but a documentary made by sky news last summer, The Plastic Whale. It's available online 🙂 1y
wanderinglynn 👍🏻😀 Feel free to email me - lynnalong@gmail.com. I practice environmental law & work for the US Dept. of the Interior. I deal with environmental policy. 1y
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Aimeesue Congratulations! My daughter is going to study Environmental Sciences at the University of Mary Washington, starting next year. All hail the sciences! 1y
CaitlinR Wishing you luck with the new job. 1y
Cathythoughts Congratulations! That‘s great news 1y
squirrelbrain Congratulations! 🌲🌳🌲 1y
jhod @Skeebies05 @CaitlinR @Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain thanks all! Great news about your daughter @Aimeesue ! 1y
jhod @HannaPolkadots thanks for the recommendation, will check it out 1y
jhod @wanderinglynn fantastic thank you! 1y
RachelO Congratulations Jess! Your new job sounds so interesting 😊 1y
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