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Wilding tells the story of a remarkable experiment: the purposeful rewilding of the Knepp Estate in West Sussex, the revival of natural ecological processes, and the stunning recovery of flora and fauna.

Table of Contents

    • Section - i: Timeline
    • Section - ii: Map of the Knepp estate
    • Introduction - iii: Introduction
  • Chapter - 1: Meeting a Remarkable Man under a Remarkable Tree
  • Chapter - 2: At Odds with Everything
  • Chapter - 3: The Serengeti Effect
  • Chapter - 4: The Secret of Grazing Animals
  • Chapter - 5: A World of Wood Pasture
  • Chapter - 6: Wild Ponies, Pigs and Longhorn Cattle
  • Chapter - 7: Creating a Mess
  • Chapter - 8: Living with the Yellow Peril
  • Chapter - 9: Painted Ladies and the Perfect Storm
  • Chapter - 10: Purple Emperors
  • Chapter - 11: Nightingales
  • Chapter - 12: Turtle Doves
  • Chapter - 13: Rewilding the River
  • Chapter - 14: Bringing Back the Beaver
  • Chapter - 15: Pasture-fed
  • Chapter - 16: Rewilding the Soil
  • Chapter - 17: The Value of Nature
    • Section - iv: Appendix: Knepp Wildland Advisory Board
    • Section - v: Sources
    • Section - vi: Bibliography
    • Acknowledgements - vii: Acknowledgements
    • Index - viii: Index
    • Section - ix: List of Illustrations

About the Author

Isabella Tree is an award-winning author, travel writer, and manager of the the Knepp Wildland Project, together with her husband Charlie. She is the author of several books, including The Living Goddess and The Bird Man.

Reviews

This must be the most inspirational nature book of the year . . . a narrative of conservation, courage, vision and miracles... The story of what happened is thrilling . . . the Knepp Conservation Project is world-famous: a beacon of hope . . . Read this book and marvel. -- Bel Mooney, 'The Year's Best Books on Nature' * Daily Mail *
Particularly timely . . . an excellent primer, and anyone who is interested in how we share the planet - what it looks like, what we eat, and what nature can teach us - should read this book. * Sunday Times *
A poignant, practical and moving story of how to fix our broken land, this should be conservation's salvation; this should be its future; this is a new hope. -- Chris Packham, presenter of The Really Wild Show
The remarkable story of an astounding transformation. -- George Monbiot, author of Feral
I recently read Wilding, by Isabella Tree, where she and her husband take their over-farmed, not-profitable estate, and rewild it. Thousands of species return. It will have you in tears. Life exploding again - the reverse of most stories today. Hugely recommended. -- Caitlin Moran (on Twitter)
Wilding shines brilliantly . . . . Isabella Tree writes [. . .] with infectious enthusiasm . . . The project she writes about so winningly . . . is inspirational - and inspiration is needed. * Evening Standard *
A hugely important addition to the literature of what can be done to restore soil and soul . . . Tree writes with grace about a legion of doubts, obstructions and delays. The book contains moments of lyricism and revelation. -- Caspar Henderson * Guardian *
Close to my book of the year. If there's anything better, I haven't read it yet . . . An uplifting story and points towards a different sort of farmed future. -- Marcus Berkmann, 'Best Books for Summer Reading' * Daily Mail *
'Wilding is both a timely and important book . . . Isabella Tree imagines the last migrating turtledove departing Knepp and flying over a Europe "that is being recolonized by beavers, wolves, wolverines, jackals and bears." And it is in that changing landscape that hope resides.' -- Tim Flannery * New York Review of Books *
Every farmer (and perhaps every conservationist) in Britain needs to go and spend a day at Knepp. The Knepp `wilding' project is a vitally important experiment for working out what we can do to let Nature back into our farmed landscapes . . . This book tells this vital story and deserves to be widely read. -- James Rebanks, author of A Shepherd's Life
Read Wilding by Isabella Tree . . . Thrilling. -- India Knight * The Times *
A thrilling, inspiring and deeply moving story of a wildlife revolution on an ordinary English farm, Wilding shows us what we have lost and what we could regain if we change our relationship with the countryside. -- Patrick Barkham, author of Badgerlands
Wilding describes the inspirational story of a pioneering rewilding experiment that is changing the way we look at Nature, the countryside and conservation. Beautifully written, it marks the moment when the task at hand can no longer be about slowing down the inexorable decline of wildlife, but to begin the job of restoration. -- Tony Juniper, former Executive Director of Friends of the Earth
Anyone with any interest in land - from a window-box to a National Park - needs to read this book. -- Simon Barnes, author of The Meaning of Birds
So often we read of the countryside in shock and so seldom to we learn of its recovery. This is a pioneering, wonderful book, blooming with humour, practicality, science and lessons learned; a story whose heart beats in the same neck of the woods as Walden. Read Wilding and restore your belief in the return of nature. -- Nicholas Crane, author of The Making Of The British Landscape
Charming, inspirational and thought-provoking. Beautifully captures the magic and excitement of the Knepp rewilding project. -- Professor Dave Goulson, author of Bee Quest
Wilding is truly the most magnificent and inspiring book. -- Adam Nicholson, author of The Seabird's Cry
Isabella Tree's riveting book captures the excitement of an immensely powerful new idea: that to save our beleaguered wildlife, we should move beyond conserving what remains - we should restore what we have lost. Fascinating in its detail and thrilling in its sense of possibilities, this is essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of the natural world in the demanding times to come. -- Michael McCarthy, author of The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy
A compelling account of a brave and far sighted venture. At a moment when the future of our countryside hangs in the balance, Isabella Tree helps us understand how we become locked in by our personal experience and perspectives. A riveting, gloriously written read which expands our imagination, and fuels our commitment to reversing the cataclysmic decline of virtually all species, other than our own. -- Helen Browning, Chief Executive of The Soil Association
I read Wilding at one go. It is both highly engaging and (equally important) very informative about a unique experiment in nature conservation, set in the context of the depressing decline in Britain's wildlife. Wilding the Knepp Estate is one of the most exciting wildlife conservation projects in the UK, and indeed in Europe. It's truly wonderful, and it fills me with hope. -- Professor Sir John Lawton, President of The Institution of Environmental Sciences, Chair of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution 2005-11 and author of the 2010 report Making Space for Nature
Brilliantly researched and scripted, this riveting and powerful book will revolutionise farming and nature conservation. -- Matthew Oates, National Specialist on Nature at the National Trust and author of In Pursuit of Butterflies
At a time when we're hammering the environment, this is a hopeful book about how the natural world can be reborn if we put the right creatures on our land, step back and let it flourish. -- Simon Reeve
An excellent book. -- Colin Tudge * Literary Review *
This inspiring and encouraging book demonstrates how nature can shake off the ravages of industrial farming and heal itself. -- John Meadley, founder of Pasture for Life

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