Imagine our natural habitats growing instead of shrinking. Where space for nature is expanding beyond small pockets of reserves. Imagine species diversifying and thriving, instead of declining. That’s rewilding.
We could be a country in which bare lands spring back to life and are filled once more with trees and birdsong. We could be surrounded by the thrum of insects, colourful butterflies and moths, wildflowers and fungi. We could have beaver, boar, lynx, wolf and bluefin tuna all at home in Britain. Where they belong. Living with us. And that’s just the start.
Rewilding offers hope for wildlife, for humanity, for the planet. It’s our big opportunity to leave the world in a better state than it is today. To turn our silent spring into a raucous summer...
So what is rewilding?
Rewilding is ecological restoration and a little bit more. It's a journey as much as a destination. It’s about seeing things differently, and taking a new approach to nature and our place in the midst of it. Rewilding is...
- allowing nature to look after itself
- helping people to thrive alongside wildlife
- securing the good things that nature provides - clean air and water, carbon storage, flood control, amazing experiences
We can’t build natural processes but we can help them re-assert themselves. For example, by reintroducing missing species. Or by reducing high populations of grazing animals to help woodlands grow. More woodland leads to more insects, more plants, more birds, more animals.
Rewilding isn’t an alternative to farming. On the contrary, rewilding can be farming’s greatest ally. Rewilding helps restore nutrients to the soil, provides for pollinating insects, purifies water, reduces flood risk and helps resist droughts. It's about helping nature, and that can help all of us.