Did you know that trees can make clouds? Or that a change in wolf population can alter the course of a river? Or that earth worms give wild boar directions? The natural world is a web of intricate connections, many of which go unnoticed by humans. But it is these connections that maintain nature's finely balanced equilibrium, and tinkering with one tiny element can set off a chain reaction that affects an entire ecosystem.
In The Secret Network of Nature, forester and bestselling author Peter Wohlleben opens our eyes to surprising connections and unlikely partnerships in nature. We'll see how different animals, plants, rivers, rocks and weather systems co-operate, and what happens when these delicate systems are unbalanced.
Peter Wohlleben spent over twenty years working for the forestry commission in Germany before leaving to put his ideas of ecology into practice. He now runs an environmentally-friendly woodland in Germany, where he is working towards the return of primeval forests, as well as caring for both wild and domestic animals. Wohlleben has been celebrated for his distinctive approach to writing about nature; he brings to life groundbreaking scientific research through his observations of nature and the animals he lives amongst. He is also the author of the international bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees.
"Peter Wohlleben doesn't merely look, he sees. Let's all learn as much from him as we can, and quickly."
– Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Life of Cows
"Fascinating [...] Wohlleben is right to remind us that everything is joined up"
– Julian Glover, Evening Standard
"A fascinating read"
– BBC Wildlife