Wilding

The Return of Nature to a British Farm

by Isabella Tree

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  • 9781509805099
  • 9781509805112

'The most inspirational book I've read in years. In every chapter, new species return.’ Caitlin Moran (on Twitter)

Winner of the Richard Jefferies Society and White Horse Book Shop Literary Prize

Highly Commended by the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize

In Wilding, Isabella Tree tells the story of the ‘Knepp experiment’, a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex, using free-roaming grazing animals to create new habitats for wildlife. Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is, above all, an inspiring story of hope.

Forced to accept that intensive farming on the heavy clay of their land at Knepp was economically unsustainable, Isabella Tree and her husband Charlie Burrell made a spectacular leap of faith: they decided to step back and let nature take over. Thanks to the introduction of free-roaming cattle, ponies, pigs and deer – proxies of the large animals that once roamed Britain – the 3,500 acre project has seen extraordinary increases in wildlife numbers and diversity in little over a decade.

Extremely rare species, including turtle doves, nightingales, peregrine falcons, lesser spotted woodpeckers and purple emperor butterflies, are now breeding at Knepp, and populations of other species are rocketing. The Burrells’ degraded agricultural land has become a functioning ecosystem again, heaving with life – all by itself.

Personal and inspirational, Wilding is an astonishing account of the beauty and strength of nature, when it is given as much freedom as possible.


  • Pan Macmillan; May 2018
  • ISBN: 9781509805112
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: Wilding
  • Author: Isabella Tree
  • Imprint: Picador
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781509805099
  • 9781509805112

In The Press

Brilliantly researched and scripted, this riveting and powerful book will revolutionise farming and nature conservation.


About The Author

Isabella Tree is an award-winning author, travel writer, and owner of the the Knepp Wildland Project, together with her husband the conservationist Charlie Burrell. She is the author of several books, including The Living Goddess and The Bird Man.