by Isabella Tree
Wilding Eco Book Review – An impelling read as to how nature does its best when left to its own devices. Full of interesting facts and information about nature and how humans have manipulated the land over thousands of years. We find it hard to let go but when we do we get incredible results! As Chris Packham says ‘This should be conservation’s salvation; this should be its future; this is a new hope’ – so get reading to rouse the conservationist in you!
What is it about?
In Wilding, Isabella Tree tells the story of the ‘Knepp experiment’, a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex. They use 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. Being 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. Also, lesser spotted woodpeckers and purple emperor butterflies, are now breeding at Knepp, and populations of other species are rocketing.All five UK species of owls can be found here, and 13 out of the UK’s 17 species of breeding Bats. 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.
[further details taken from Waterstones]