Restoring the Wild: Sixty Years of Rewilding our Skies, Woods and Waterways


In what will surely be the seminal book on reintroductions, Roy Dennis details the painstaking process of returning species such as osprey, red kite and golden eagle to areas from which they had been driven to extinction by humans, and the continuing fight to convince people of the benefits of beavers, lynx and wolves. Filled with a lifetime’s worth of stories from the frontline of conservation, Restoring the Wild offers eye-opening insights into the complexities of reintroduction projects, and sets out the case for why they are essential for our planet’s continuing health.

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Drawing on his life’s work as a field ornithologist and expert in species reintroduction, Roy Dennis – who’s been described as ‘the UK’s pre-eminent conservationist of the past half century’ – shows us how to restore species long absent from here in the UK and across the world and offers the hope of a wilder future.

Reviews of Restoring the Wild:

‘It’s a wonderful book, steeped in knowledge and experience of nature and of the more practical ends of nature conservation .. No-one else could write this book from personal experience – it’s a treat.’ (Mark Avery)

‘Detailing a lifetime’s worth of stories .. part memoir and part how-to guide for future rewilding projects.’ (The Sunday Post)

‘Dennis is the most significant conservationist you’ve probably never heard of, and possessed of a radicalism that would startle the most outspoken young environmentalist … Dennis’s vision of how to halt the extinction crisis and restore lost habitats and species in Britain deserves attention because it is rooted in 60 years of pioneering conservation action … Like Dennis, the book is modest, deeply informative and profoundly hopeful, in that it shows a new generation how to bring back lost species’ (Patrick Barkham, Guardian)

‘Inspiring stories … tales from the frontline of conservation, offering insights into the complexities that go with reintroducing species to Britain. [Dennis] also makes the case for why wildlife management is vital for our nation’s continued wellbeing’ (The Bay magazine)

‘Really interesting, a passionate guide and how-to-manual for conservation in this country’ (Stephen Rutt, author of The Seafarers and Wintering)