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Benedict Macdonald

Urban rewilding and combatting ‘ecological tidiness disorder’

Ben is an award-winning television director, nature writer and conservationist. Having studied wildlife since a very early age, he pursued a career in natural history film-making and has worked on series including The One Show, Springwatch, The Hunt and as a field director for the Emmy-award winning Our Planet; a conservation series narrated by Sir David Attenborough, which premiered on Netflix in 2019. Since then, Ben has worked as a producer on international wildlife shows for Apple, including their recent releases: Tiny Worlds & Earth at Night. He currently works for Disney.

As a writer, his first book, Rebirding, written over five years, highlighted the need for mass-scale nature restoration across the UK, and was the winner of the Richard Jefferies Prize and inaugural winner of the Wainwright Conservation Prize 2020.

As a conservationist, Ben has remained at the forefront of public discourse on rewilding, nature restoration, regenerative farming and the widespread reintroduction of lost species to the UK – including beavers and pelicans. Ben lives and works in Bristol. He is affiliated to a number of organisations including the RSPB, Wildlife Trusts, National Trust, Beaver Trust, Rewilding Britain and his own organisation, Restore.

The rewilding issue