Masterclasses

Is Rewilding a Reality for the UK?

Begin to uncover some of the major issues that need to be addressed surrounding rewilding and discuss regional variations to potential rewilding success, ultimately discussing how wild can we make the UK.

07 Dec 2021 - 07 Dec 2021

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Event Overview

Rewilding is big news at present, with several large projects in the UK, such as the Affric Highlands, stating their aim to rewild tracks of land. These headlines help increase public awareness, but also raise a lot of questions: What is rewilding? Should we rewild? And how long will it take? While the public may broadly support rewilding, there are a great deal of misunderstandings and misconceptions that need addressing in order to improve peoples’ knowledge, increase their support and help attract and secure funding, etc.. More broadly, and in the UK especially, the societal elements will also have a major impact on what ‘is’ or ‘is not’ achievable in rewilding.

In this session, using case study examples (such as species like beaver, white-tailed eagles, etc.), we will identify the variety of societal elements affecting rewilding projects' successes, try to answer some of the main questions raised, and explore important processes involved to achieve effective rewilding. Join us to begin to uncover some of the major issues that need to be addressed, discuss regional variations to potential rewilding success and ultimately discover how wild can we make the UK.

This session will last around 60 minutes, with plenty of time for audience questions.

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