To help local economies, help nature thrive and make our country a better place to be
We believe rewilding provides hope for the future. It can breathe life into our natural landscapes and struggling rural communities. Through rewilding we can start to reverse centuries of ecological damage. We can create new opportunities for people.
We have the opportunity right now to choose rewilding in some parts of the country. If we can get the scale right, and learn from people on the ground, we can chart a course to better times.
Rewilding needs new thinking, collaborative working and hard work to become a reality. But we believe it can be done, and that the rewards can be great – more jobs, more opportunities, more benefits... It’s an important land use choice. Why? For the following reasons…:
Help nature recover
Our ecosystems are broken and nature is struggling – with 56% of species in the UK in decline and 15% threatened with extinction. Biodiversity needs space to flourish.
Across Britain, many places where you would expect wildlife to thrive have been reduced to wet deserts. The seabed has been smashed and stripped of its living creatures. We’ve suffered more deforestation and lost more of our large mammals than any European country except Ireland.
We can’t build natural processes but we can help them re-assert themselves. For example, by reducing high populations of grazing animals to help natural woodlands grow. Or by reintroducing missing species to plug crucial gaps in the ecosystem. Or by letting rivers meander and follow their natural paths.
We need nature. We desperately need nature in Britain to recover.