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Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm
Written by:
Isabella Tree 
Read by:
Isabella Tree 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
12 hours 22 minutes 
June 28 2019 
Available Date:
June 28 2019 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Earth Science 
Bolinda/Macmillan audio 
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NZD$ 54.95
NZD$ 54.95

Shortlisted Richard Jefferies Award for Nature Writing 2018

The story of an astonishingly bold experiment: the rewilding of a West Sussex farm and the triumphant return of nature to the British countryside.

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 3500-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.

‘A hugely important addition to the literature of what can be done to restore soil and soul.'
The Guardian

‘A passionately personal, robustly argued and uplifting book ... One of the landmark ecological books of the decade.’
The Sunday Times

‘This must be the most inspirational nature book of the year ... a narrative of conservation, courage, vision and miracles.'
The Daily Mail