Derek Gow

Derek Gow is a farmer and nature conservationist who has played a significant role in the reintroduction of the Eurasian beaver, the water vole, and the white stork in England. His conservation work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Guardian, BBC, The London Times, and numerous other national and international media. He lives with his children on a 300-acre farm on the Devon/Cornwall border which he is in the process of rewilding.


Hunt for the Shadow Wolf: Excerpt

A better account of what happened in Britain to the wolf might therefore constitute a beginning of sorts for any movement that sought their return. So, shall we commence?

March 12, 2024


Birds, Beasts, and Bedlam: Excerpt

This is the story, in large part, of my own life journey (which is, I earnestly hope, not quite over yet), from breeding endangered breeds of domestic farm livestock at its beginning to restoring a broad array of the most marvellous native creatures back into habitats they have lost at its end.

June 13, 2022


Bringing Back the Beaver: Excerpt

If you’re a ‘Beaver Nut’ and realise earnestly just how critical these creatures are to the future well-being of the earth, with a pivotal role in the creation of abundant biodiversity, water provision, purification, flood and drought alleviation, you will pursue beaver advocacy with the kind of tedious zeal generally restricted to deluded members of obscure religious cults.

October 1, 2020