Otters, badgers and orca whales: can the pandemic help rewild Britain? squib

Sound recordist Chris Watson shares the birdsong from his English garden, while environmentalist George Monbiot looks at how the pandemic might be an opportunity for rewilding

For Chris Watson, a wildlife sound recordist who usually travels all over the world for his work, the pandemic has created time to listen closely to the natural world on his doorstep instead. He shares with Rachel Humphreys some of the birdsong recordings he has captured in his garden over the past few weeks.

The Guardian columnist and environmentalist George Monbiot describes how the pandemic has changed our relationship with the natural world. People across the UK have noticed nature returning to areas where human behaviour had previously pushed it out. Monbiot argues that this is a critical moment for rewilding – allowing natural processes to repair damaged ecosystems and restore degraded landscapes – and that our current circumstances have shown us how quickly nature will adapt to positive changes.

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