Principles and practices of ecological restoration.
Recent years have seen a surge in popular interest in rewilding, an idea that is rocking the world of conservation, agriculture and land management.
This course gives an introduction and broad overview of the basic principles and practices of rewilding and ecological restoration, to enable you to understand how these might be applied in your own context.
- Duration: four days
- Upcoming dates: please see booking section below for all available dates
- Start and finish times: starts at 10am and ends at 5pm on the last day
- Fees: Waged £480; low waged / concessions £430
- Includes: tuition, all materials, full board accommodation
- What to bring: due to the nature of this course some practical work will be done outside. We strongly advise you to bring waterproof clothing and good walking boots.
What you will learn
Whether you are a current or soon-to-be landowner, employed in the conservation sector or want to join with others in your community to rewild land or campaign for the rewilding of public/common land, this course will help you to get a grasp of where to start, and what challenges you may face.
- Key concepts and issues such as ecological drivers and processes (vegetation, succession, herbivore grazing, carnivores, etc), restoration, connectivity, scale, policy, regulations and governance.
- Basic land management – livestock and grazing, fencing, regulations, common challenges.
- Case studies, with local site visits – what has and hasn’t worked on the ground in the UK and beyond.
- Broader social aspects – community engagement, conflict, rural employment, human-nature relationship.
- Practical exercises – practical activities at local projects, nature connection, action planning.
- Species reintroductions – ecological, legislative and social considerations.
- Policy – drivers, opportunities and obstacles.
- Finance and funding – subsidies, grants, tourism, nature-based economies.
- Land ownership models and governance – conservation covenants, community/co-operative ownership.
Meet your tutors
Mick Green – Rewilding Britain Trustee, and local ecologist, based near Aberystwyth.
Steve Carver – Wildland Research Institute, Leeds University lecturer.
Kara Moses – Cambrian Wildwood Vice Chair, Rewilding Facilitator and CAT tutor
David Bavin – Vincent Wildlife Trust Pine Marten Recovery Project