Everyone is talking about rewilding at the moment. The debate around rewilding is shaking up the conservation sector – and public interest is huge – with a growing movement of people advocating the restoration of our degraded ecosystems.
But what does it really mean to rewild? And how would you go about doing it if you actually have some land?
A new short course at CAT – Introduction to Rewilding – is possibly the first of its kind to offer such a practical introduction.
The course aims to inform people about the basic principles and practices of rewilding and ecological restoration, and enable people to understand how they might apply them in their own situation – whether that’s on land they own themselves, or in their local area.
Though mostly aimed at people with access to land such as small-scale landowners, people working in the conservation sector and people who want to make rewilding happen in their local area will also benefit from the course.
- What is rewilding, and why is it necessary?
- Key concepts and issues such as ecological drivers (vegetation, herbivores, 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’s worked/not worked on the ground
- Broader social aspects – community engagement, conflict, rural employment, human’s disconnected relationship with nature
- Practical exercises – opportunity mapping, reconnecting with nature, action planning.
Tutors include Mick Green and Steve Carver, highly knowledgeable rewilding ecologists from Rewilding Britain and the Wildland Research Institute, with video contributions from George Monbiot – bestselling author of Feral, and Charlie Burrell – owner of the Knepp Wildland Project.
The weekend will be hosted by writer and rewilder of people Kara Moses, who runs courses and organises rewilding events at CAT and elsewhere.
The landscapes around CAT are being restored in many ways, from pine marten and proposed beaver reintroductions to osprey recovery projects and ambitious landscape-scale restoration projects, offering many opportunities to see what’s happening on the ground.
It’s sure to be an extremely interesting weekend, and as it’s ran in summer we may even see some sunshine…
The next Introduction to Rewilding course runs from 20-23 July at the Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales. More information can be found here.