Restoring Britain's Wildlife
- Winner of the Wainwright Prize for Writing on Global Conservation
- Winner of the Richard Jefferies Society and White Horse Book Shop Literary Prize 2019
- An economic solution to rewilding our landscapes, creating a future where large, wild areas maintain wildlife
- This is a wonderful book, visionary, illuminating and fascinating. It will help accelerate the rewilding revolution now beginning in Britain. —George Monbiot
Winner of the Wainwright Prize for Writing on Global Conservation
Winner of the Richard Jefferies Society and White Horse Book Shop Literary Prize
Britain has all the space it needs for an epic return of its wildlife. Only six percent of our country is built upon. Contrary to popular myth, large areas of our countryside are not productively farmed but remain deserts of opportunity for both wildlife and jobs. It is time to turn things around. Praised as ‘visionary' by conservationists and landowners alike, Rebirding sets out a compelling manifesto for restoring Britain's wildlife, rewilding its species and restoring rural jobs – to the benefit of all.
This book is for anyone who cares about Britain’s vanishing wildlife and birds, and is interested in ambitious, but achievable, solutions to wildlife decline.
Table of Contents
1 - Taming Britain
2 - The Anthropocene
3 - The First Imperative
4 - The Lost Stewards
5 - A Question of Scale
6 - Memory
7 - A Wild Economy
8 - The Wild Highlands
9 - New Forests
10 - The Golden Hills of Wales
11 - A Grouse Moor Wild
12 - Pelican Possibility
13 - Our Birds
14 - Conservation Begins
- A splendid new book... all rational argument seems to be on his side
– Professor Tim Flannery, The Guardian
- A wonderful book, visionary, illuminating and fascinating.
– George Monbiot
- A wonderfully imaginative book, which shows how things could be with our rapidly declining areas of countryside, instead of how - despairingly - they are now.
– Rod Liddle, The Spectator
- A visionary yet practical book.
– John Burnside, New Statesman
- It has shaped how I think about my farm, and the choices we make about our land…
– James Rebanks
- An exposé, a plea, and a vision of a better future.
– Simon Reeve
- Ben Macdonald has an impressive track record as a field naturalist, wildlife film-maker and writer, and this passionate, authoritative, up-to-date and, ultimately, optimistic book is a worthy comparison to such seminal works as George Monbiot's Feral and Mark Cocker's Our Place.
– Jonathan Elphick, BBC Wildlife
- Having read a number of the recent books about rewilding, I was tempted to think, oh blimey, not another one! I am now tempted to say, they left the best till last…
– Bill Oddie
- Rebirding is beautifully written, based on deep, personal experience and a genuine love of the subject. You may not have come across Ben Macdonald before now; but believe me, you will hear a lot more from him in the future.
– Stephen Moss
- With Monbiot's Feral and Isabella Tree's Wilding, Rebirding sits separate from both and is in fact an essential third book to read if you've enjoyed the others. In short, it's a captivating, fascinating and inspiring read
– Ed Stubbs, Birdwatch Magazine
- This is the best book on nature, conservation and rewilding I read in 2019 – perhaps one of the best I’ve ever read. I finished reading it with a real sense of hope for the future.
– Alex Roddie, Great Outdoors Magazine
- A book about a key subject at a key time, passionate and deeply thought-through. Anyone concerned with the future of the natural world in Britain will want to read it.
– Mike McCarthy, author of The Moth Snowstorm
- A beautifully written, thoughtful and yes, provocative book
– Dr. Martin Harper, Conservation Director, RSPB
- This is a stimulating and important book, beautifully written and well researched… It provides a compelling vision for the future
– Dr. Carl Jones, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
- A must read and a good read…the type of book that grabs and keeps my attention. You should read it and I think you may well enjoy it a lot.
– Dr. Mark Avery
- I thoroughly recommend the book and applaud its breadth and detail... Macdonald's book has really surprised me. I have learned much I did not know about Britain's early bird faunas, and even the history of its mammals... The level of treatment and scholarly references are on a par with conservation science books
– Peter Taylor, ECOS Magazine
- This has to be the one book you read this year if you read no other, as its messages are myriad and its import undeniable. This is most definitely my book of the year and possibly the whole decade!
– Bo Beolens, Fatbirder
- Rebirding is an exceptional book from an exceptional author. Visionary, courageous, critical, Benedict maps out how we might finally turn things around, rewilding our national parks, restoring natural ecosystems and allowing our wildlife a far richer future.
– Surfbirds Website
- A captivating, fascinating and inspiring read
- … a stunning, essential read.
–Roy Stewart, BNA Country-Side Magazine
- An Important, inspiring book
- A well researched and more importantly a well-written book about rewilding... One that every conservationist should read.
–Paul Cheney, Halfman, Halfbook
- Phenomenal and important.
–Chris Packham, Waterstones Favourite Reads of 2020
- One of the most revolutionary nature publications in recent times… This is a read you won’t regret.
–Gethin Jenkins-Jones, British Trust for Ornithology
About the Author
Benedict Macdonald is a conservation writer, field director in wildlife television, and a keen naturalist. He is passionate about restoring Britain's wildlife, pelicans included, in his lifetime.
During his extensive global travel experience, Benedict has found inspiring examples of why desecrating our country’s ecosystems is both entirely avoidable and against the national interest. This book is his attempt to ensure that this generation, for the first time in thousands of years, leaves Britain’s wildlife better off, not worse, than the generation before – for wildlife and people alike.
Benedict is a long-time writer for Birdwatching magazine, as well as a contributor to the RSPB Nature’s Home and BBC Wildlife. He has been fortunate to work on TV series for the BBC and Netflix - most notably the grasslands and jungles programmes of Sir David Attenborough’s conservation series Our Planet.
- 288 pages
- 16 colour plates
- BISAC SCI070040, NAT043000, NAT010000, NAT011000, SCI088000, TEC003040
- BIC PSVW6, WNCB, RNKH, PSVS, RPG, TV, KNAL, WSXH