The New Wild - Why invasive species will be nature's salvation
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“I wholly agree with Fred Pearce’s argument…Life is dynamic. Species do not belong in a planet-sized zoo. We should let Gaia evolve” - James Lovelock

Veteran environmental writer Fred Pearce used to think of invasive species as evil interlopers spoiling pristine 'natural' ecosystems. Most conservationists would agree. But what if traditional ecology is wrong?

In The New Wild, Fred rediscovers what conservation should really be about. He explores ecosystems old and new - from Pacific islands to the Australian outback to the Thames estuary - and reveals that our ideas about 'the balance of nature' are now seriously outdated.

In an era of climate change and widespread damage, the dynamism of alien species and the novel ecosystems they can create can help nature to regenerate. Embracing the new wild is our best chance for the future. 

Come along and take part in the discussion with guest expert, Dr Alison Smith, Lead Community Scientist, Plantlife.

All are welcome to this free event and it is not essential to have read any or all of the book. Contact Alan Ramage for further information (email: 

Plymouth Green Book Club is supported by the University of Plymouth, the Sustainable Earth Institute and the Eden Project.

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