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Wild forces that can change our world
Discover the wild forces that once supported Britain's natural riches and could do it again. In this book, the Wainwright-Conservation-Prize-winning author explores how restoring species like beavers, boars, whales, and more could help recover our biodiversity on land and in our seas. From crafting wetlands to preventing rivers from flooding, these cornerstone species play a crucial role in protecting our natural world. Benedict Macdonald transforms our understanding of the importance of humans as stewards, making Cornerstones an essential read.
If you haven’t yet read #Cornerstones by Benedict Macdonald you must. This book poetically and mesmerically describes how our landscapes really work. It should be required reading for anyone who has the responsibility of managing land in Britain. Go go and buy this book. – source
Discover the inspiring story of the restoration of over 3,000 hectares of the Lake District, from the smallest wildflowers to majestic golden eagles. Follow ecologist and farmer Lee Schofield's decade-long effort to restore the habitat of England's last and loneliest golden eagle, taking on fierce local opposition and the challenge of finding a balance between traditional hill farming and conservation. Join Schofield on his journey to seek out ancient wonders at the edges of denuded pastures, and learn how every aspect of the ecosystem is interconnected, and our actions can affect even the most majestic creatures.
Wild Fell by Lee Schofield is a beautiful book by a brilliant man who is devoting his life to restoring nature in the terribly denuded Lake District. – source
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Experience the raw and emotional journey of a mother grappling with the loss of her daughter in this powerful work by a renowned author. With glimpses of her family life and musings on parenting, aging, and illness, Joan Didion reflects on her shortcomings and the mysteries of human relationships. Through vivid recollections of her daughter's childhood and wedding, Didion grapples with the question of how well we truly know our loved ones. Delve into Blue Nights, a book that is both haunting and profoundly moving, and explore the long, light evening hours of summer solstice that signal both warning and hope.
Joan Didion, who died today, whose book Blue Nights moved me to my soul, on the death of her daughter ~ – source
Restoring the Wild
Sixty Years of Rewilding Our Skies, Woods and Waterways
"Restoring the Wild" by Roy Dennis tells the story of how the UK's reintroduction agenda is bringing the white-tailed sea eagle back from extinction after more than 200 years. Dennis, an ornithologist and conservationist, has already brought back the Osprey, red kite, and golden eagle to the British Isles. This seminal book offers an eye-opening insight into the complexities of reintroducing extinct animals to Britain and is an intimate portrait of these predators we so sorely need.
Roy Dennis is one of Britain’s greatest nature restoration heroes. This book is a must read. @RoyDennisWF – source
"Experience the stunning transformation of a farm into a flourishing wildland in Wilding by Isabella Tree. In the face of declining biodiversity, the author and her husband took a bold leap by allowing nature to take over their failing farmland. The introduction of free-roaming animals led to a dramatic increase in wildlife diversity and numbers. 'Knepp experiment' is a testament to how rewilding can revitalize degraded agricultural land and generate economic activity. Wilding offers an inspiring hope for restoring Britain's past with lush countryside and valuable lessons for all."
@ErikSolheim Allowing nature to recover by itself is even cheaper, a la Wilding, by @isabella_tree (a book you must order and read). – source
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Why We Sleep
Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
Discover the power and purpose of slumber with this international sensation of a book. Sleep expert Matthew Walker examines every aspect of our physical and mental well-being, from learning and mood to regulating hormones and preventing diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. In this “compelling and utterly convincing” read, Walker explains how to improve our lives by harnessing the benefits of sleep.
Opening page of the international bestseller “Why We Sleep”, by Prof. Matthew Walker. This is a seriously eye-opening book. If ever there was a must-read, this is it. – source
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"Feral" takes readers on a journey of nature wonder, highlighting scientific breakthroughs in restoring damaged ecosystems on land and sea. Author George Monbiot challenges our "ecological boredom," weaving a tale of wildlife, wild places, and people seeking to restore the untamed spirit of the natural world. Through rewilding, Monbiot offers a positive environmentalism to revitalize and enrich our lives.
@offshorebella Yes. Read ‘Feral’ by George Monbiot. Amazing amazing book. – source
Also recommended byAlastair Humphreys