The dueling Nightingales - Hazel Reeves
Knepp Estate, Dial Post, nr Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 8NN, UK
Hazel will be streaming from the heart of the Knepp Wildlands, where the Nightingales will hopefully be in full dawn song. As Artist-in-Residence she is recording soundscapes from the scrubland to capture the Knepp rewilding success story, of increasing biodiversity, including bird diversity.
As the former arable fields become thorny scrub - a habitat now almost totally erased from the wider countryside - it provides nesting habitat for a remarkable number of nightingales and yellowhammers (one of our most rapidly declining farmland birds, with a drop of 60% nationwide since 1960), and astonishing numbers of lesser whitethroats.
The Knepp project is now a leading light for conservation in the UK, demonstrating how giving nature space and opportunity to express itself can restore the land and its wildlife in a dramatically short space of time, reversing the cataclysmic declines that have affected most species elsewhere in Britain over the past 50 years. In her inspiring book ‘Wilding’, Isabella Tree takes you through this pioneering rewilding journey she and husband Charlie Burrell are on.