Rewilding: The radical new science of ecological recovery

Rewilding: The radical new science of ecological recovery

by Paul Jepson, Cain Blythe


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Nature conservation in the 21st century has taken a radical new turn. Instead of conserving particular species in nature reserves as ‘museum pieces’, frozen in time, the thinking now is that we should allow landscape-sized areas to ‘rewild’ according to their own self-determined processes. By fencing off large areas and introducing large herbivores, along with apex predators such as wolves, dynamic new habitats are already being created.

These ‘self-willed’ areas will develop in ways that cannot always be predicted, and they may not conform to our traditional ideas of wildlife habitats, but they will form a robust and rich ecology which will be strong enough to withstand future climate changes and species shifts.

In this highly topical book, the first popular account of rewilding, practising ecologists Paul Jepson and Cain Blythe explore the ongoing scientific discoveries that are emerging from this fascinating field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785786273
Publisher: Icon Books, Ltd. UK
Publication date: 09/15/2020
Series: Hot Science
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 399,883
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Paul Jepson was until recently a director of Oxford University’s MSc course in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management, and is a regular contributor to TV and radio.

Cain Blythe specialises in habitat restoration, nature recovery and the use of technology in conservation.

Table of Contents

1 New horizons 1

2 Megafauna pasts 11

3 Downgrading our planet 26

4 Rewilding's practical origins 47

5 Wild nature - cascades, spaces, networks and engineers 70

6 Earth system impacts 86

7 Rewilding politics and ethics 103

8 Scaling up rewilding 124

9 Rewilding - ten predictions for the future 147

Further reading 171

Index 177

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