• Wilding

  • The Return of Nature to a British Farm
  • By: Isabella Tree
  • Narrated by: Isabella Tree
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (118 ratings)

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By: Isabella Tree
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An inspiring story about what happens when 3,500 acres of land, farmed for centuries, is left to return to the wild, and about the wilder, richer future a natural landscape can bring

For years Charlie Burrell and his wife, Isabella Tree, farmed Knepp Castle Estate and struggled to turn a profit. By 2000, with the farm facing bankruptcy, they decided to try something radical. They would restore Knepp’s 3,500 acres to the wild. Using herds of free-roaming animals to mimic the actions of the megafauna of the past, they hoped to bring nature back to their depleted land. But what would the neighbors say, in the manicured countryside of modern England where a blade of grass out of place is considered an affront?

In the face of considerable opposition the couple persisted with their experiment and soon witnessed an extraordinary change. New life flooded into Knepp, now a breeding hotspot for rare and threatened species like turtle doves, peregrine falcons, and purple emperor butterflies.

The fabled English nightingale sings again.

At a time of looming environmental disaster, Wilding is an inspiring story of a farm, a couple, and a community transformed. Isabella Tree’s wonderful book brings together science, natural history, a fair bit of drama, and - ultimately - hope.

©2019 Isabella Tree (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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In wildness is the preservation of the world

Student of ecology here...this book was terrific. Bought it as an audiobook, will listen to it again (and again) and buy the physical book too.

This book will give you new eyes. Hands down best book I’ve read in 5-10 years. A pathway out of madness and back into home.

Please buy, and rewild.

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Inspiring; scientifically informative; impressive!

Both inspiring and scientifically informative. Dense, but in a fulfilling manner. The short lists of species, which are like the punctuation of sentences, would be better consumed from a paper book, but the audiobook listener will just have to live with this aspect! The story is both large and impressive.

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Amazing! Beautiful and Terrifying

Learning from those who actually did the work, rather than always going by predictive "scientists," is a real eye-opener. Would that we all take on this level of caring for animals and our environment. I loved this, and living on my 80 acres of farmland with cattle, horses and some crops, plan to change some things so I too can be more proud of doing my part. So much for city folk to learn here, rather than just judging from their easy chairs. Thanks Isabella ❤

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my new favorite book

If you like Peter Wohlleben's books, you'll love this. This is an amazingly detailed account of the transformation over less than 10 years from defunct farm to wild conservation land housing dozens of breeding pairs of many endangered and threatened species, not because they were selected or imported but because the land was there and they chose it. A dream come true for anyone interested in wildlife conservation, she explains the hurdles of government, husbandry, local resistance, and dog walkers all with clarity and the most soothing voice you've ever heard. Scientific discovery abounds where previously no observations had been documented due to the sheer lack of it: native English landscape.
Support this woman, she is amazing.

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On my travel wish list

This story of the ups and downs of healing the earth while keeping fingers in capitalism is so encouraging! I have to go see it!
Isabelle maintains a smooth calm reading style, even where I would have expected wild raving. Probably a good thing, but I just would have enjoyed a bit less stiff upper lip occasionally.

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An Essential Read

I can't say enough about this book. It's an amazing combination of research, personal observation and beautiful writing on climate change and how to think about it.

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Encouraging and educational

The state of the world leaves me sometimes in despair. This was an uplifting and encouraging book. It tells the story of British landowners who “rewild” thousands of acres of their family estate. More than that, it is a fascinating and educational trove of information about nature, man’s impact on it, and working to achieve a balance between the two. It’s complicated!

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Great book

A beautiful story of what can happen with an open mind and nature leading us instead of the other way. Inspiring and invigorating

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Perfect book for perfect timing

The entire re-wilding concept keeps me thinking of the relationship between human being and the nature. The topic becomes even more crucial during the Covid19 crisis. How are we suppose to live with the rest of the world? When seeing footages of animals coming in herds into regular neighborhood because of the shelter-in-place order. It really make that question sounds even louder! We need to find a new way to share the earth with all the others. Not to continue exploiting it just because it seems that we can in the short term. Very inspiring topic being well explained in a scientific way.

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Exciting and Inspiring!

A beautiful account of the bold and hugely successful effort to bring back natural processes to a failing British farm. The author's refined accent and lively choice of words make listening a real treat to new savored.

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