Whilst the Journal articles on the Wildland website will primarily be about our own developments across the estates, restoration projects and new places to stay, our conservation works and the efforts we make to support our local communities – we shall also bring you other articles, not necessarily about our own projects, that are either relevant to us or likely to be more generally interesting.
One thing we shall do is to let you know of books that you may find interesting.
There are two this month, Wilding by Isabella Tree which is an inspiring record of one farm in southern England that has been allowed to naturally ‘rewild’ itself and the wildlife that has immediately chosen to return and, also, ‘Our Place’ by Mark Cocker which explores ways that we might save Britain’s remaining wildlife before it is too late.
From the cover introduction to Wilding:
‘The story of an astonishing bold experiment: the rewilding of a West Sussex farm and the triumphant return of nature to the British countryside’.
Eighteen years ago, Isabella Tree and her husband Charlie Burrell took a spectacular leap of faith and handed their 3,500 acre Knepp Farm back to nature. With minimal human intervention and with herds of free-roaming animals stimulating new habitats, the land is now heaving with life. Rare species such as turtle doves, peregrine falcons and emporer butterflies are now breeding there and biodiversity has rocketed.
The Knepp project has become a leading light for conservation in the UK, demonstrating how letting nature take the driving seat can restore both the land and its wildlife in a dramatically short space of time. The story of rewilding Knepp challenges conventional ideas about our past and present landscapes and points the way to a richer wilder and more natural future. Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of Britain’s rural ecology, Wilding is above all an inspiring story of hope and espouses an approach to natural land restoration that is entirely in sync with Wildland’s own.
Our Place by Mark Cooper sets out to explore the degree to which environmental thought and politics have become parts of mainstream cultural life in Britain.
Its premise is that the wish to protect wildlife is now a central goal for our society; but where did these ‘green’ ideas all come from? …who created cherished institutions such as the National Trust or the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, that are now so embedded in public life with millions of members all contributing to make a difference?
From the flatlands of Norfolk to Wildland’s own flow-country in the most rugged north of Scotland, acclaimed writer on nature Mark Cooper sets out on a personal quest through the British countryside to find answers to these questions.
This is powerful book, it makes you want to get involved. It makes you want to ask questions of those who are responsible. It’s important and essential reading.
Images courtesy of Knepp Farm
Purple Emperor Butterfly by Neil Hulme
Buzzard by David Oldham
Red hind and calf by Gary Margetts