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Bringing Back the Beaver by Derek Gow

Bringing Back the Beaver: The Story of One Man's Quest to Rewild Britain's Waterways

Derek Gow

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Imprint: Chelsea Green Publishing Co
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co
Publication date: 10 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9781603589963

Bringing Back the Beaver is farmer-turned-ecologist Derek Gow's inspirational and often riotously funny firsthand account of how the movement to rewild the British landscape with beavers has become the single most dramatic and subversive nature conservation act of the modern era.

4 stars out of 5
13 Sep 2020

"(an) authentic, impassioned manifesto-cum-memoir "

He champions beavers convincingly as keystone species whose absence impoverishes everyone, even those agriculturists, anglers, foresters and landowners who oppose their reintroduction most vehemently. He argues for them as flood-controllers, biodiversity-bringers, soil-enrichers and deeply likeable animals, who have a moral right to be in places where sometimes their ancient traces can still be seen. Bruised British landscapes badly need their ‘subtile wilinesse’ (William Camden) and ‘admirable cleverness’ (Linnaeus) to restore flattened contours, and bring life bounding back to drearily sheep-shorn and regimented rurality.

There will always be problems with rewilding schemes, but with goodwill they can be overcome, and all will benefit. This authentic, impassioned manifesto-cum-memoir will hopefully have a major impact on what is likely to be a long-running controversy.