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Wilding
Wilding | Isabella Tree
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Forced to accept that intensive farming on the heavy clay of their land at Knepp in West Sussex 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. Once-common 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. This recovery has taken place against a backdrop of catastrophic loss elsewhere. According to the 2016 'State of Nature' report, the UK is ranked 29th in the world for biodiversity loss: 56% of species in the UK are in decline and 15% are threatened with extinction. We are living in a desert, compared with our gloriously wild past.In Wilding, Isabella Tree tells the story of the 'Knepp experiment' and what it reveals of the ways in which we might regain that wilder, richer country. It shows how rewilding works across Europe; that it has multiple benefits for the land; that it can generate economic activity and employment; how it can benefit both nature and us - and that all of this can happen astonishingly quickly. Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is, above all, an inspiring story of hope.
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AllDebooks
Wilding | Isabella Tree
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#Naturalitsy

We have a clear favourite for our April read. We will start on Monday 3rd April continuing into May, if needed.
Thank you for your recommendations and votes. Fewer books made it a much easier choice this time. 😅

Please let me know if you wish to be added/removed from the taglist. All welcome to join us.

I will post a reading schedule towards the end of the month. Just to give you a teaser, take a look at the Knepp estate. ⬇️⬇️

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TheBookHippie YAY!!!!!! 5d
jlhammar Wonderful! Thank you! 5d
wordslinger42 This sounds good! I'll join in 💚 5d
Ann_Reads Please remove me from the tag list for Wilding. Thanks. :-) Hope you all enjoy the selection. 5d
Deblovestoread Please remove me from the tag list. I haven‘t been able to keep up. Thanks! 5d
Hooked_on_books I‘ll be joining in! My library has this, which is a nice boon, and I look forward to reading it. 4d
Cazxxx I‘ve already read this so I‘ll sit this one out. Absolutely fantastic book though, I hope everyone loves it as much as I did! 4d
Blackink_WhitePaper I ve a audio version of this book.I m very much excited for this one. Please include me in the list. Thanks for organising. 4d
AllDebooks @Deblovestoread Ok, sorry to hear that. I hope you're ok. Just checking, do you want me to remove you from all #naturalitsy taglists or just the one for Wilding? 4d
AllDebooks @Cazxxx me too but loved it so much, I'm up for a revisit 😍 4d
AllDebooks @Ann_Reads will do x 4d
Deblovestoread I‘m fine just over extended myself as usual. Thank you for asking. 💜. You can remove me from all the posts. 4d
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VanessaCW
Wilding | Isabella Tree
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I read this with my local book group. It‘s interesting and gives food for thought about our environment, about the knock on effects of actions which we consider to be ‘progress‘. I‘m not a big non-fiction fan so a lot of it went over my head, all stats, official bodies etc. However, I particularly enjoyed the chapters about animals and butterflies - there are some quite amusing bits. I would love to visit the Knepp estate and have a guided tour.

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Pickpick

This was an incredibly touching and hugely informative book. I learned so much and though of course we have much more space here in South Africa, much of what the author laments is present here. Just on the drive down to my mom, 6 hours from my house, my eyes were open to notice the lack of biodiversity in the landscape we passed 😢 And how many plants, insects or birds can I identify? A great read.

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
Wilding | Isabella Tree
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It was all a lie!

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Cazxxx
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Pickpick

Wonderful and full of hope, this follows the author and her husband in West Sussex allowing nature to take over their land.
Beautifully written, I was completely immersed in the project and didn‘t want the book to end
4 ⭐️

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Cazxxx
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This weeks goal is to finish Wilding, Superior and The book of hope, more than halfway through all of them. Already started something wicked then would like to start Carmilla and Laura & witch‘s block
I‘m such a mood reader that it doesn‘t always go to plan and I pick up whatever I feel like at the time.
Are you a mood reader too?

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AllDebooks
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#naturalitsy
What Isabella Tree and Charles Burrell have achieved at Knepp, in just 20 years, is incredible and so inspiring. Imagine the impact if we all embraced their ideology in our gardens. All of that space rewilded as habitat for wildlife and humans to coexist.

https://www.iema.net/articles/interview-isabella-tree-on-some-wild-ideas?t=0hick...

https://marymary.ie/

AllDebooks Please consider making your own little oasis. If interested, check out Mary Reynolds and We are the ark project https://wearetheark.org/ 8mo
mandarchy I love that idea. My family always asks me why I don't game hummingbird feeders and my response is that I plant then. My yard is a postage stamp, but it's full of birds, wild rabbits, frogs, and lizards. 8mo
AllDebooks @mandarchy that sounds perfect x 8mo
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Freespirit
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Thanks @LeeRHarry for the tag 😊
📕I have read the Anne of Green Gables series many times growing up! As an adult I re-read my favourite classics occasionally. They are The Count of Monte Christo, Jane Eyre, and The Moonstone or The Women in White.
📕I don‘t pay much attention to the cover..it‘s a review or recommendation for me.
📕Wilding is a brilliant story of allowing nature to do its own thing and watching the transformation💕
@MoonWitch94

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Emilymdxn
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Pickpick

Such a beautiful, optimistic ode to nature and how much can change so quickly when you rewild an area. This is the story of a farm near my grandparents‘ house where they‘ve let nature wonderfully take care of itself and all the results of that, from the thriving beavers to rich soil to birds brought back from the brink of extinction. If you‘re burnt out and miserable about climate change, read this and see how much of a difference one family made!

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Bevita
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Pickpick

Marcelo gave this to me. It was fascinating to read about all they‘ve done on their estate in England and the small group of people working on rewilding around the world. Sometimes too sciencey for me but I just skimmed the listing of moth species they have counted. Want to read more about this!

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Centique
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#hiselderliness #bookreport #weeklyforecast

The old one finished Wilding this week 🌟🌟🌟🌟. The story of a huge farm that is turned back to nature. He says “there‘s a lot about worms and moths and nightingales and stuff - a bit sciencey. Not your thing.” 😂 Onto his TBR pile go the bottom three books. The Best of New Zealand Memories is based on a local history magazine where people submit their old photos and stories. Plus - toujours des chats

TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 3y
Cinfhen I love how dad makes judgement calls for you!!! #FatherKnowsBest 😜His new reads look/ sound interesting 💛📚 3y
Centique @TrishB thank you lovely 😘 3y
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Centique @Cinfhen I know right?!!! Hey I do like sciencey stuff I say! 3y
batsy I have Wilding on my TBR! Now I know to delve in when I'm ready for science and worms 😁🐛 3y
Cathythoughts His Elderliness is going strong on the reading. Send him a big hello from Ireland 👍🏻❤️ 3y
Reggie Yeah, I‘m now intrigued by theWilding. Tell him thanks, lol, and thanks to you too, 3y
Centique @batsy one of his pithiest summaries 😂 3y
Centique @Cathythoughts thank you Cathy I will 😘 3y
Centique @batsy hey S I see that guy making random comments on your posts. 😠 If you get annoyed I can complain to Litsy for you? Obviously someone is bored enough to be trolling Litsy. 3y
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Gruru
Wilding | Isabella Tree
Pickpick

A must read about a failing estate in southern England where the owners decided to let the acreage go wild. Fantastic inspirational stuff

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Freespirit
Wilding | Isabella Tree
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Pickpick

Knepp in West Surrey England is a 3,500 acre farm where herds of animals roam free and rare species have returned to the restored habitat. An inspirational and thought provoking story.
It would be a wonderful place to visit.
Highly recommended reading for a lover of nature💕
#memoir #Hope #vision

Freespirit @catebutler I loved the book❤️ 4y
catebutler I added this to my wishlist, it sounds amazing, and your review just added to my desire to read it. 4y
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Severnmeadows
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Just arrived! 😊 Really looking forward to this book.

batsy Stacked! Sounds fascinating and such a gorgeous cover. 4y
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jhod
Wilding | Isabella Tree
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So my new job is working on environmental policy. Obviously I've had to buy some books to help me understand the subject area more! If anyone has any other tips I would be very grateful!

Skeebies05 Congrats on the new job!!! 5y
HannaPolkadots Not a book, but a documentary made by sky news last summer, The Plastic Whale. It's available online 🙂 5y
wanderinglynn 👍🏻😀 Feel free to email me - lynnalong@gmail.com. I practice environmental law & work for the US Dept. of the Interior. I deal with environmental policy. 5y
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Aimeesue Congratulations! My daughter is going to study Environmental Sciences at the University of Mary Washington, starting next year. All hail the sciences! 5y
CaitlinR Wishing you luck with the new job. 5y
Cathythoughts Congratulations! That‘s great news 5y
squirrelbrain Congratulations! 🌲🌳🌲 5y
jhod @Skeebies05 @CaitlinR @Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain thanks all! Great news about your daughter @Aimeesue ! 5y
jhod @HannaPolkadots thanks for the recommendation, will check it out 5y
jhod @wanderinglynn fantastic thank you! 5y
rockpools Congratulations Jess! Your new job sounds so interesting 😊 5y
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