The reintroduction of key missing species is critical to rewilding in Britain
Over centuries, Britain has lost many keystone species. This includes most of our important top predators.
Keystone species – such as beaver, wild boar, wolf and lynx – have a bigger impact on their environment than their numbers would suggest. They drive ecological processes and are crucial components of flourishing ecosystems.
We now know that top predators, such as the lynx, play a pivotal role in healthy ecosystems. They drive ecological processes from the top of the food chain to the bottom. This is known as a trophic cascade.
The discovery of trophic cascades shows that living systems can’t function properly where large animals are missing. That’s why the reintroduction of keystone species is so important to rewilding Britain