Bringing Back the Beaver
To many, rewilding may seem like a pipe dream, but Gow proves this type of fanciful thinking can become a reality. Gow reinvents what it means to be a guardian of the countryside and wants others to follow suit. Phoebe Weston, the Guardian
Bringing Back the Beaver is farmer-turned-ecologist Derek Gow s inspirational and often riotously funny first-hand account of how the movement to rewild beavers into the British landscape has become the single most dramatic and subversive nature conservation act of the modern era. Since the early 1990s in the face of outright opposition from government, landowning elites and even some conservation professionals Gow has imported, quarantined and assisted the reestablishment of beavers in waterways across England and Scotland.
Alongside stories detailing the ups and downs of rewilding beavers, Bringing Back the Beaver makes a passionate case as to why the return of one of nature s great problem solvers will be critical as part of a sustainable fix for the UK s growing flooding problems, whilst ensuring the creation of essential landscapes that enable the broadest spectrum of Britain s wildlife to thrive.
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