Isabella Tree tells the story of a daring wildlife experiment: the rewilding of Knepp Estate in West Sussex, owned by herself and her husband, the conservationist Charlie Burrell.
Forced to accept that intensive farming on the heavy Sussex clay was economically ruinous, they decided to step back and let nature take over. By introducing free-roaming herbivores, proxies of the large animals that once roamed Britain, the Burrell’s degraded agricultural land has become a functioning ecosystem again. In less than twenty years wildlife has rocketed and numerous endangered species, including turtle doves and nightingales, have made Knepp their home.
The Knepp experience challenges conventional ideas about our past and present landscape, and points the way to a wilder, richer future; a countryside that benefits farming, nature and us.
Date(s) - 16/08/2019
2:00 pm - 2:20 pm
Osprey Lecture Theatre