About us

We have a passion for nature and an alternative future for the land

About us

Rewilding Britain only exists because people wanted us to. We began as an idea in 2013 following the publication of George Monbiot’s book, Feral. Inspired by those pioneering rewilding in Britain, Feral brought rewilding to a wider audience. It prompted discussion, controversy and excitement among conservationists, land managers and the general public.

Following consultation with a diverse range of people and organisations, we launched as a charity registered in Scotland, Wales and England in 2015. A board of trustees (see below) governs our work.

Our aspirations

Reverse the loss of biodiversity in large core areas of land and sea

Reverse the loss of biodiversity in large core areas of land and sea

Restore ecosystems to a 
functional and resilient state

Restore ecosystems to a
functional and resilient state

Reignite people’s passion 
for the natural world

Reignite people’s passion
for the natural world

Revitalise local economies in 
ways that work ecologically

Revitalise local economies in
ways that work ecologically

Reintegrate nature and society 
for the benefit of both

Reintegrate nature and society
for the benefit of both

Reintroduce key missing species where it makes sense

Reintroduce key missing species where it makes sense

Our people

Rebecca Wrigley, Chief Executive

Rebecca WrigleyRebecca is one of the founders of Rewilding Britain. She has worked in the voluntary and public sectors for 23 years, 15 years at senior management level. 

Rebecca has developed, managed and implemented conservation and community development programmes at local, national and international levels in the UK, Mexico, Uganda and New Zealand. Her particular expertise is engaging local communities in decision-making about the land and its resources.

Alastair Driver, Director - England and Wales

Alastair is well known in conservation and catchment management circles. He was appointed as the first ever conservation officer for the Thames catchment in 1984 and held that role for 18 years. 

Alastair was Head of Conservation for the Environment Agency 2002-2016. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and is an Honorary Professor in Applied Environmental Management at the University of Exeter. 

Rewilding Britain Board of Trustees

We are a charity governed by a Board of Trustees. The present board comprises

Thanks to our friends and funders

We are hugely grateful to our key funders. Rewilding Britain couldn’t have got off the ground without the financial support of these organisations.

  • Lund Trust
  • Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • Mark and Mo Constantine
  • The Ecology Trust
  • Oak Foundation

We owe thanks to George Monbiot who remains a key supporter. In addition, a lot of people and organisations are giving invaluable on-going advisory support and guidance to Rewilding Britain. Thank you all.