Wild about rewilding? Then here’s where to find out more

In yesterday’s blog (LSS 2 1 23) we suggested that rivers and lakes might make a good place to start our collective efforts at rewilding. The post prompted a number of responses, including this one from a regular reader (you will also find it in yesterday’s comments)

No doubt you have mentioned it before on these pages, but the Rewilding project at Knepp Castle near Horsham (https://knepp.co.uk/) gives an insight into what farms could perhaps look like in the future. Providing a platform for bio-diversity and production of food, it abandons intensive farming for less productive but more environmentally friendly species and seems to strike a happy medium between the two extremes. The book “Rewilding” by Isobella Tree is worth a read anyway, although it is a bit preachy at times.

All of which prompted us to hope that readers might want to learn a little bit more about the whole topic, or at least be provided with some jumping off points so they can find out for themselves. However, we would like to stress that we are not in the business of advertising, nor are we “influencers” in any conventional way that word is used on the modern interweb. We will receive absolutely no money for what you are about to read. Nothing, Zilch. Nada. Happy now?

First, the Knepp Estate: A fantastic pioneering project in the heart of beautiful Sussex. We can’t begin to describe the range of their work on re-introduction, sustainable farming amd landscape, so we’ll leave you to their amazing website. But…Isobella Tree. What a great name for a Conservationist!

https://knepp.co.uk/

Starter Text More than one reader has recommended Rewilding by Paul Jepson and Cain Blythe. You’ll find it on most good book sites, but we freely admit to filching this review blurb from Amazon. Nudge nudge. Just to kindle your interest, you see

As ecologists Paul Jepson and Cain Blythe show, rewilding is a new and progressive approach to conservation, blending radical scientific insights with practical innovations to revive ecological processes, benefiting people as well as nature. Its goal is to restore lost interactions between animals, plants and natural disturbance that are the essence of thriving ecosystems.

Big Daddy George George Monbiot has always been our main man when it comes to saving the planet. Over the years we’ve watched him take down legions of Destructors and their lackeys in the media. On global warming. pollution, even basic justice, George has been a man in indefatigable industry and a moral titan. His ouvre is extensive, but we thought we’d choose Regenesis , his latest, as it tries to map a way forward from this indescribable mess we’re in

Once again, a certain site that sounds like a well-known tropical river might be worth a visit.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/jun/05/regenesis-by-george-monbiot-review-hungry-for-real-change

https://www.monbiot.com/

Use your fingers Putting the terms Rewilding books and Rewilding documentaries into a search engine produced hundreds of hits. Readers of LSS are a discerning, think-for themselves lot. And it’s basically what we did to write this blog. So-over to you. We’d be interested to hear about what you find.

#rewilding #fresh water #george monbiot #nature #wildlife #sustainability

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