Wild Fell Fighting for Nature on a Lake District Hill Farm

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Publisher's Synopsis

'I found myself turning the pages with an inward leap of joy' - Isabella Tree

*WINNER of the Richard Jefferies Award for Nature Writing*
*Shortlisted for the James Cropper Wainwright Prize for Conservation*



'Exquisite' GUARDIAN


It was a tragic day for the nation's wildlife when England's last and loneliest golden eagle died in an unmarked spot among the remote eastern fells of the Lake District. But the fight to restore the landscape had already begun.

Lee Schofield, ecologist and site manager for RSPB Haweswater, is leading efforts to breathe life back into two hill farms and their thirty square kilometres of sprawling upland habitat.

Informed by the land, its turbulent history and the people who have shaped it, Lee and his team are repairing damaged wetlands, meadows and woods. Each year, the landscape is becoming richer, wilder and better able to withstand the shocks of a changing climate.

But in the contested landscape of the Lake District, change is not always welcomed, and success relies on finding a balance between rewilding and respecting cherished farming traditions. This is not only a story of an ecosystem in recovery, it is also the story of Lee's personal connection to place, and the highs and lows of working for nature amid fierce opposition.

Book information

ISBN: 9781804990964
Publisher: Transworld
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 333.95160942786
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 17673
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 258g
Height: 127mm
Width: 198mm
Spine width: 27mm