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Help Scotland become a Rewilding Nation

Help us create a Rewilding Nation – together.

A man and a woman sat on a rock looking out from a scenic viewpoint above Uath Lochans in the Cairngorms National Park
Scotland may be of the most nature-depleted countries on Earth, but rewilding offers hope for both people and the environment.  © Mark Hamblin / scotlandbigpicture.com

Imagine Scotland as a country filled once again with vast native forests, seas teeming with life and healthy ecosystems supporting the prosperity of communities.

This is Scotland’s opportunity to declare itself the world’s first Rewilding Nation, committing to nature recovery across 30% of land and seas for nature, climate and people. 

As a member of the Scottish Rewilding Alliance (SRA), Rewilding Britain is campaigning to make it happen today. There are already more than 150 rewilding projects in Scotland, but we can do much more – the time is now to grow this groundswell of hope.

Why a Rewilding Nation, and why Scotland? 

Imagine Scotland as a country filled once again with vast native forests, seas teeming with life and healthy ecosystems supporting the prosperity of communities. Although Scotland has won deserved praise for its rewilding efforts, along with the rest of the UK it’s still one of the most nature-depleted countries on Earth. Scotland is ranked 212 out of 240 countries and territories for the state of its nature.

That’s why, as part of the SRA, we’re calling for the Scottish Government to declare Scotland a Rewilding Nation and commit to nature recovery across 30% of our land and seas. This show of support could help set a clear path towards a wilder future for Scotland. 

Sign the Rewilding Nation Charter

We’re calling on everyone who shares our hopes and vision to urge the Scottish Government: declare Scotland the world’s first Rewilding Nation and commit to nature recovery across 30% of our land and seas.

“Rewilding offers us a chance to breathe life back into our increasingly lifeless land and seas, revitalising natural processes, restoring missing species, enriching communities, and building resilience against the challenges we know the future holds.”

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Scotland’s moment of opportunity

By declaring Scotland a Rewilding Nation, supporting existing rewilders and growing a groundswell of hope, Scotland could create a different future for itself. A greener, fairer Scotland, where rewilding creates benefits for people, climate and nature.

An exciting movement of rewilders is starting to turn the tide across Scotland, from community woodlands to landscape-scale partnerships. To name a few, there’s the pioneering buyout of the Tarras Valley by the Langholm Initiative community group, the opening of Trees for Life’s Dundreggan rewilding centre that will bring many more people closer to wild nature, and the restoration and protection of coastline by locally-led organisations such as COAST or Seawilding. 

Progress hasn’t been easy for these groups so far, but we can help pave the way forward for these pioneering rewilders by demanding robust policy from the Scottish Government – and by declaring Scotland as a Rewilding Nation.

Pine marten (Martes martes) in flowering heather, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland.
Rewilding breathes life back into fragmented landscapes, promotes biodiversity and welcomes species like the pine marten.  © Peter Cairns / northshots

The Scottish Rewilding Alliance

The Scottish Rewilding Alliance is a collaboration between like-minded organisations — including Rewilding Britain — who share a mission to enable rewilding at a scale new to Scotland.

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Take action

Through the Rewilding Nation Charter we want to kickstart a chain reaction across Scotland, with as many as possible joining the call. The nature and climate emergencies may feel overwhelming – but we can all make a difference now by uniting behind a clear message and working together.

Sign the Charter

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