Nick Baker has described 'Rewild' as his 'first proper grown up book', having previously mostly written nature guides for children. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and would recommend it, but I must admit that I had expected more 'rewilding' (as I know it and think about it) within its pages. For this isn't really a … Continue reading Book review: ‘Rewild: the art of returning to nature’ by Nick Baker
It's now a few years since I came across the concept of 'rewilding' and read George Monbiot's Feral, far from the first book to tackle the subject, but perhaps the one that holds the crown for popularising it to such an extent and garnering a more established 'movement' of rewilding within conservation circles. Over that same period … Continue reading Rewilding – still learning
The impacts on agriculture in the UK from introducing a new predator have yet to be determined. As humans, we have made huge impacts on this world—some of them good, and some of them bad. With the growth of our population and the need to feed those people, we have developed technologies and techniques that … Continue reading How Would Agriculture in the UK Change if the Lynx were Introduced? – Guest post by Emily Folk
For the past ten days or so Dartmoor has claimed its very own 'Beast', and this time it isn't mythical, although 'beast' should really be the last word used to describe Flaviu, the lynx who broke free from Dartmoor Zoo just a few hours after having arrived there from Kent. There certainly doesn't seem to … Continue reading Where is Flaviu the runaway lynx?
Yesterday I returned to the Cotswolds after a sojourn to the Black Mountains and the Hay Festival (and an unfortunate brief stop on the A417 as a result of car problems). The occasion was to attend rural commentator Rob Yorke's discussion panel event at Hay which was themed around ‘rewilding’ (quite a popular subject for … Continue reading Searching for Common Ground in Rewilding at the Hay Festival
At the Rewilding Dorset event a few weeks ago I was able to speak to Professor Paul Jepson from Oxford University who gave a presentation on the day about the need to link rewilding to the policy agenda, if it is to gain any real traction in the future. Earlier this week Paul released a … Continue reading Moving towards a Rewilding Policy
The rewilding fraternity seems to have gathered its main focus thus far around making a case for upland landscapes as the most likely or suitable hosts for rewilding projects. The more productive and urbanised lowlands feature less in the debate. One could say that there are many logical economic and ecological reasons for this. Nonetheless, … Continue reading Pondering the Prospects for Lowland Rewilding – some reflections on the Rewilding Dorset conference