The Rewilding Knowledge Hub

We believe rewilding has a huge role to play in halting the decline in biodiversity and securing all the good things that nature provides – clean air and water, carbon storage, flood control, amazing experiences. But, it is a field that currently lacks a comprehensive and dedicated evidence base, raising the question: will it work? 

The lack of an obvious and easily searchable body of supporting knowledge makes it difficult for policy-makers, practitioners and academics to consider the merits, risks, costs and opportunities of rewilding. Yet, the ideas behind rewilding are based on decades of ecological, physical and socio-economic research, as well as conservation experience. 

As the first step in developing the evidence base for rewilding, we have commissioned a study into the current science supporting rewilding. The Rewilding Knowledge Hub Bibliography, presented here, collates the science behind rewilding to provide a resource which will enable readers to:

  • Understand what is meant by rewilding
  • Understand how different ecological processes function
  • Link species to the delivery of ecological processes
  • Select appropriate rewilding tools to restore ecosystems
  • Understand and predict likely impacts of rewilding

Interactive access

The scientific papers referred to in the report have been collated and organised through an online reference manager, Mendeley. Mendeley is free to use and offers a “social network” function, allowing users to access and interact with the bibliography. Anyone can access the bibliography by signing up for a free Mendeley account and searching for and following the Rewilding Knowledge Hub in Mendeley groups. 

You can access the full bibliography through Mendeley here.

Inspiration and assistance

To create a wilder Britain, rewilding must be on the agenda and minds of those passionate about nature and in a position to implement rewilding – and this could include almost anybody. This bibliography is to inspire, encourage and assist anyone interested in rewilding to devise and implement effective rewilding strategies.