Who fancies dodging a wolf on the way to work? Or perhaps a lynx barging through your catflap while pelicans pinch the fish in your pond?

If rewilders get their way, these animals – all once common in Blighty – will be familiar sights once more.

But rewilding isn’t just about reintroducing showstopping species, even if Boris ‘Beavers’ Johnson recently got in on the act. As much as anything, it’s giving the land a break and letting whatever wants to grow just… grow.

All very lovely, but can it be done while everyone stays fed? Will farmers let it happen? And can *literally doing nothing* really be an appropriate response to the ecological emergencies engulfing us?

Alasdair Cameron (he off of episode #61) knows, and joins us to tell us about his own rewilding efforts in Somerset as director of the magnificent Somerset Wildlands, an organisation buying land in the Levels to make space for nature.

Thanks to Joseph Monkhouse for his majestic soundscape of iron age Somerset levels. Watch the full youtube video to see credits for individual sound recordists.

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