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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 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.

‘In a country defined as the seventh most nature depleted on Earth, in a region plagued by flooding and climate-chaos, here comes Lee Schofield’s brilliant book full of positive action and hope for the future. Wild Fell is a record of environmental achievement, of the RSPB’s mission to restore the places and wild nature of Haweswater. But it’s also a political tract, and throws down a gauntlet to us all to make the Lake District a national park that is genuinely worthy of the title.’ – Mark Cocker


“We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless,” writes the naturalist, biologist and ecologist E.O. Wilson. By the time of his death in 2019 Wilson’s pioneering work in the fields of biodiversity and socio-biology had made him one of the world’s most influential scientists.

Over the decades Wilson became increasingly alarmed by humankind’s destruction of the world’s fragile ecosystems. In The Future of Life he argues that we have a moral obligation to restore and conserve them if we are to survive: “Destroying a rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.”


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In this debut pamphlet JLM Morton tells the story of a year in the life of a lake on Cotswold Water Park where she was poet in residence. If rainforests are the world’s lungs, wetlands are the lifeblood – the Park is set to become the largest man-made wetland in Europe, giving a home to vitally important species of bats, butterflies, fish, birds, mammals, invertebrates, plants. From brave black poplar trees among the last of their kind to the life coach white magpie, Morton writes about the many species that inhabit the lake in lyrical poems that are both stunning and poignant.

‘These rich and vital poems break the surface of waters both restorative and vulnerable—reading them, we’re immersed in another world that pools and glints out of the corner of our eyes.’ ~ Paul Farley

‘JLM Morton’s vivid, playful and potent poems in Lake 32 teem with the sounds and small lives of the waterscape, drawing the reader into their delicate aegis as inexorably as the promise of the first warm swim of spring.’ ~ Adam Horovitz

It’s tomorrow and the Arctic summer sea ice has completely melted. The long-sought sea route between Asia and Europe is finally open – and while nations strategise for control, private corporate powers are already taking it. The new Arctic has no protection – and business has no scruples.

This is the story of Sean Cawson, an ambitious and wounded man, who reunites with his oldest friend, conservationist Tom Harding, to fuse their goals. One wants to own the Arctic, the other, to save it. Bonded in the past through their love of this unique place, and their fascination with polar heroes, they are going to embody a new way to profit from doing good. When Tom is killed in the accident that Sean survives, although their venture goes on to thrive, Sean’s inner world starts to crumble like the glacier that killed his friend. Three years later when Tom’s body is found and a date for the inquest is set, he knows this is not closure. A story of friendship and betrayal, greed and love, The Ice weaves archival material from centuries past, with the latest research on developments in the Arctic Ocean.


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‘There he was, his trunk wrapped in hers. Whatever hurt or sorrow befell him was not really happening to him. He was on the other bank with his mother. He was not here.’

When a young elephant is brutally orphaned by poachers, he begins terrorising the countryside, earning his malevolent name, the Gravedigger, from the humans he kills and then tenderly buries with leaves. Manu, the studious son of a rice farmer, loses his cousin to the Gravedigger and is drawn into the alluring world of ivory hunting.

Emma is working on a documentary set in a Kerala wildlife park with her best friend. Her work leads her to witness the porous boundary between conservation and corruption, until eventually she finds herself caught up in her own betrayal.

‘One of the most unusual and affecting books… a compulsively readable, devastating novel.’ Jonathan Safran Foer


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