Birds, Beasts and Bedlam: Turning My Farm into an Ark for Lost Species

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'Gow reinvents what it means to be a guardian of the countryside.'-Guardian

'Gow has a fire in his belly. We need more like him.'-BBC Wildlife magazine

Birds, Beasts and Bedlam recounts the adventures of farmer-turned-rewilder Derek Gow, who is saving Britain's much-loved but dangerously threatened species, from the water vole to beaver, wildcat to white stork and tree frog to glow worm.

Derek tells us all about the realities of rewilding; how he reared delicate roe deer and a sofa-loving wild boar piglet, moved a raging bison bull across the country, got bitten by a Scottish wildcat, returned honking skeins of graylag geese to the land and water that was once theirs, and restored the white stork to the Knepp Estate with Charlie Burrell and Isabella Tree.

Derek's first book, Bringing Back the Beaver, was a riotously funny and subversive account of his single-handed reintroduction of the beaver in Britain. Birds, Beasts and Bedlam, a natural successor to Gerald Durrell's A Zoo in My Luggage, tells the story of Derek's rewilding journey and his work to save many more species by transforming his Devon farm into a wildlife breeding centre. He now houses beavers, white storks, water voles, lynx, wildcats and harvest mice, with the aim of releasing them into the wild one day.

Tearing down fences literally and metaphorically, Derek Gow is the one person with the character and strength of will to defy authority, bend the rules - and save our wildlife.

'The radical rewilder.'-The Times

'Derek Gow wants his farm to be a breeding colony, a seedbed for a denuded island.'-The New Yorker
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Weight 0.567000
Author Gow, Derek
Availability IP
Department Geography
Format Hardback
ISBN 9781645021339
Pages 208
Published 16/06/2022
Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing Co
Section Geography
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