Rewilding Sussex

Rewilding Sussex was set up by Chris Sandom, Lecturer at University of Sussex, in 2014 as a community group to engage people with rewilding locally. They quickly gained members, and group meetings and made outings to the wilder places in the South of England, like Knepp Wildlands and Ham Fen for inspiration.

Rewilding Sussex aims to aid in the recovery of nature in Sussex to a more natural self-reliant state, for the benefit of nature and people. They are looking to drive community led action on the ground, and involve projects and landholdings with this local vision.

The local network have launched may successful projects, including the Re-Discover project in 2015 and Through the Bush Backwards more recently.


Rewilding Sussex welcomes anyone who would like to get involved in rewilding - you do not have to own land. If you have a local rewilding project idea, they would love to work with you. Alternatively, they also welcome donations to support our on-going rewilding projects.

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