Charles Massy is a farmer on the Monaro region of southern New South Wales. He is also a published writer and naturalist, with a PhD in human ecology.
EssayI stood rooted to the ground, for I realised this almost certainly would have been the first time in 150 years of degrading European management that a reed-warbler had returned to this valley. The powerful song of that small bird became a metaphor of hope for me. It was a symbol of the power of regeneration and the capacity of self-organisation in a landscape. It was a living example of what could be achieved.