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Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm

Language & Reference, Nature Writing, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 21/03/2019
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This is the best of nature writing. Isabella Tree's prose is lyrical and beautiful. Her story is inspiring as she brings back to life her previously inten... READ MORE


Shortlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2019

Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for April 2019

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.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781509805105
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 301g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 131 x 27 mm

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A return to Medieval England?
A well written and interesting book but one detects an attempt to turn us back to the Middle Ages when the population of England was, by today's standards,... READ MORE
Lyell Fairlie
Father's Day Gift
I read this book at my book club and could not believe it had almost passed me by - an entertaining, heartfelt chronicle of a project that will hopefully i... READ MORE
Ami Patrick
Powerful and Inspiring, became one of my bedside book
I enjoy reading science and nature-related books, and Wilding checked the boxes. Highly advice if you're getting anxious about the environmental situation... READ MORE
Laure Claudon
I loved this book and would thoroughly recommend it! I wasn't sure how I'd feel reading it initially, however, Isabella Tree is a wonderfully engaging writ... READ MORE
Anne Clark
An Eye Opener!
Wilding tells the story of the Knepp Estate - once a British farm - which was rewilded in an experiment to allow nature to take back control. This book giv... READ MORE
Michelle Pr
Read this to find hope for a wild Future
Turns every other story of our shrinking, depleted wild lands on its head. There is a future for our wildlife. Not just a great story, but a potential real... READ MORE
Neil Ashcroft
Wilding -The answer lies in the soil.
I was kept enthralled by the string of events, tales of failures and successes that led to the wilding of the Knepp Estate. Undaunted, the Burrell's take ... READ MORE
Jennifer Shoesmith
Eye opening and fascinating
A great book to educate on a different perspective to conservation. Inspirational and a fascinating story.
Tanya Boardman
A return to nature
Inspired by the thought of returning the " gently burbling" turtle dove to this part of England and prompted by mounting debt, a huge and brave decision wa... READ MORE
Jan Hargate
Brilliantly informative and well written
This is the best book I have read in the last 10 years, probably ever. So well written and informative, the achievements at Knepp are astounding especially... READ MORE
Ron Dansey
Hope filled, inspiring read
Like many people I feel burdened by the woes of the world and desperately concerned about global warming. This is a well written account of how a farming f... READ MORE
Cassie Hoffman-Kazlauskas
Perspective changing
Incredible book that has truly inspired me. Isabella Tree presents her experiences at Knepp in a way that makes a wilding approach to conservation accessib... READ MORE
Harry Collin
Nature finds a way
Very interesting and informative account of the wonders and possibilities of what could be, if only we let nature run its course.
Daniel Allinson
A story of positivity and hope.
This book left me with a great glow of warmth and should become an essential read in the agricultural community.
Edwin Scott