Rewilding is the term used to describe the large-scale restoration of ecosystems where nature can take care of itself. It seeks to reinstate natural processes and, where appropriate, missing species – allowing them to shape the landscape and the habitats within.
Rewilding encourages a balance between people and the rest of nature where each can thrive. It provides opportunities for communities to diversify and create nature-based economies; for living systems to provide the ecological functions on which we all depend; and for people to re-connect with wild nature.
To find out more about rewilding and get involved yourself (it’s a great cause to donate or leave money to), visit their website – https://www.rewildingbritain.org.uk
6 Reasons For Rewilding
- Help nature recover – Our ecosystems are broken and nature is struggling – 56% of species in the UK are in decline and 15% threatened with extinction. Biodiversity needs space to flourish.
- Revitalise communities – Rewilding can empower rural communities to diversify their economies, and plan for a future with new opportunities and minimal reliance on grants and subsidies
- Look after ourselves- Naturally functioning ecosystems are better at preventing floods, storing carbon, keeping us healthy, and providing us with clean air, water, food and fuel.
- Keep us healthy – Experiencing wild nature helps reconnect people with the living planet. This improves our health and wellbeing, and builds a shared sense of humanity
- Return missing species – Many important species have disappeared from Britain over the centuries. This includes numerous birds and mammals. Rewilding can help bring them back.
- A positive legacy – Rewilding offers a big opportunity to leave our landscapes and rural communities in a better state than they are today, for the benefit of future generations