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Wilding : returning a farm to nature / by Isabella Tree.

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  • ISBN: 9781681373713
  • ISBN: 1681373718
  • Physical Description: xxii, 362 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 22 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, [2019]

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Originally published: London : Picador, 2018.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-331) and index.
Summary, etc.:
"For many years Isabella Tree and Charlie Burrell struggled to make a go as farmers, doing everything they could to make the heavy clay soils of their farm at Knepp in West Sussex as productive as possible, while rarely succeeding in making a profit. By 2000, facing bankruptcy, the couple decided they would try something new. They would restore their 3,500 acres, farmed for centuries, even millennia, to the form that they had had before human intervention. They would bring back the wild. This was no simple matter. What form did the land have before it took on the form that human beings have given it? The answer to that question was controversial and required real, and fascinating, research. And then the land had once been open to whole hosts of animals that had since been prevented from running wild, if not killed off or made extinct. These had been a crucial actor in the landscape and its ecology, and how were they, or their likes, to be reintroduced into it? And finally there were the neighbors, often appalled at the sight of once tidy fields now running riot with what they considered dangerous weeds. The experiment however, was a success. With minimal human intervention, and with herds of free-roaming animals stimulating new habitats, Knepp is now full of new life. Rare species such as turtle doves, peregrine falcons and purple emperor butterflies breed there. The fabled English nightingale, heard less and less in modern times, sings again"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Biodiversity conservation > England > West Sussex.
Nature conservation > England > West Sussex.
Land use, Rural > England > West Sussex.
Nature > Effect of human beings on > England > West Sussex.

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