Of wolves and rivers

In this lovely video by Sustainable Man with commentary by George Monbiot, Monbiot describes how the reintroduction of wolves led to a swell of changes in the fauna, habitat and physical geography of Yellowstone National Park – an elegant and articulate description of trophic cascades and keystone species, all with gorgeous footage of the park, somewhere I am dying to go.

There has been talk of re-introducing wolves in Scotland – really a topic for another blogpost – and this video really made me consider the sorts of changes that process would result in. My thoughts come off the back of a news article I read recently about how reintroducing beavers could help to mitigate floods – something that, if you’ve been in the UK over the last two months, you’ll know is now very much in the mainframe (floods, not beavers… unfortunately). 

Has anyone read Monbiot’s book, “Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding”? This video puts it on top of my “to-read” list…

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