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  • Birds, Beasts, and Bedlam

  • Turning My Farm into an Ark for Lost Species
  • By: Derek Gow
  • Narrated by: Calum Beaton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Birds, Beasts and Bedlam recounts the adventures of farmer-turned-rewilder Derek Gow, who is saving Britain’s much-loved but dangerously threatened species, from the water vole to beaver, wildcat to white stork, and tree frog to glow worm. 

Derek tells us all about the realities of rewilding: how he reared delicate roe deer and a sofa-loving wild boar piglet, moved a raging bison bull across the country, got bitten by a Scottish wildcat, returned honking skeins of graylag geese to the land and water that was once theirs, and restored the white stork to the Knepp Estate with Charlie Burrell and Isabella Tree. 

Derek’s first book, Bringing Back the Beaver, was a riotously funny and subversive account of his single-handed reintroduction of the beaver in Britain. Birds, Beasts and Bedlam, a natural successor to Gerald Durrell’s A Zoo in My Luggage, tells the story of Derek’s rewilding journey and his work to save many more species by transforming his Devon farm into a wildlife breeding center. He now houses beavers, white storks, water voles, lynx, wildcats, and harvest mice, with the aim of releasing them into the wild one day. 

Tearing down fences literally and metaphorically, Derek Gow is the one person with the character and strength of will to defy authority, bend the rules, and save our wildlife.

©2022 Derek Gow (P)2022 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Birds, Beasts and Beautifully well put

Gow illustrates well the UK's frustratingly poor relationship with nature and the stranglehold outdated farming-biased groups such as DEFRA have on it. I highly recommend!

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another great book by Derek

if you've not read his other book, Bringing Back the Beaver then you should.

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Simply excellent

We need a lot more individuals with the passion, drive, determination and vision to protect the destiny of our nature’s threatened species.
Without the likes of Derek Gow this wouldn’t be happening at the speed it needs to.
We are facing an environmental precipice of disaster and he is doing all he can. Others need to follow. His narrative is engaging, informative and enlightening, a great read.

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  • 06-08-22

Stunning, Melodic, Disturbing but Hopeful

Stunning. A love of language that runs as deep as his love for the earth and the wild creatures. Disturbing but melodic to listen to, but made me wish I had the book in front of me to savor and underline and scribble in the margins. There's a fine line between conservation that is helpful and conservation that is focused only on hunting and hoarding land for tourism.