Although Wild Fell engages fully with the political, social, economic, cultural and financial contexts that affect Haweswater, it is above all an optimistic and uplifting record of projects that are advancing conservation, producing positive changes and enriching the biodiversity of the environment. These initiatives include altering land usage, especially by scaling back the number of sheep, extensive new planting of trees and wildflowers, restoring a river to its natural course, soil improvement, and developing eco-tourism to benefit the local economy. Success depends on having plans that interact and reinforce each other, and which accommodate both compromises and co-operation with the local community, and the book is a convincing illustration of what can be achieved when a conservation organisation works with a water company and the local community to effect change.
Wild Fell – Lee Schofield (Doubleday)
The Treeline – Ben Rawlence (Jonathan Cape)
The Lost Rainforests of Britain – Guy Shrubsole (William Collins)
Fen, Bog, and Swamp – Annie Proulx (Fourth Estate)
Illuminated by Water – Malachy Tallack (Doubleday)