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Bird Watching (UK) - - Parting Shot -

The rewil­d­ing of land is a con­tentious is­sue, but it could see the rein­tro­duc­tion of bird species that have been lost for cen­turies

WORDS : GOR­DON EA­GLE­SHAM HE TERM ‘REWIL­D­ING’ is a rel­a­tively new one, hav­ing only ex­isted in dic­tio­nar­ies since 2011. How­ever, the move­ment that it rep­re­sents has ex­isted much longer, and has been grad­u­ally gath­er­ing mo­men­tum over the past few years, es­pe­cially in Bri­tain, and across Europe and North Amer­ica.

It has mul­ti­ple def­i­ni­tions, one of which is to: “re­store (an area of land) to its nat­u­ral, un­cul­ti­vated state”, used es­pe­cially with ref­er­ence to the rein­tro­duc­tion of species of wild an­i­mal that have been driven out or ex­ter­mi­nated. An­other el­e­ment of the ide­ol­ogy is to min­imise ar­ti­fi­cial land man­age­ment prac­tices that of­ten cause habi­tats to be de­void of wildlife, in favour of a more nat­u­ral ap­proach that al­lows ecosys­tems to grow wild and self-man­age with­out un­nec­es­sary hu­man in­ter­ven­tion. The process ex­ists to pro­tect the dy­namism of ecosys­tems and in­crease bio­di­ver­sity for the ben­e­fit of na­ture and the hu­man pop­u­la­tion. It should be the rem­edy for any­one feel­ing dis­il­lu­sioned with their nat­u­ral sur­round­ings, who seeks a wilder and more en­gag­ing re­la­tion­ship with it. One of the most vo­cal sup­port­ers of this ide­ol­ogy is the en­vi­ron­men­tal com­men­ta­tor, Four Ge­orge beau­ties! Mon­biot, who be­lieves rewil­d­ing is the Irides­centcure for Wal­drapp’shis ‘eco­log­i­cal bore­dom’. He has launched catch­ingthe char­ity,some rays Rewil­d­ing Bri­tain. Rewil­d­ing in ac­tion. Meadow Pip­its at the Knepp Es­tate, Sus­sex

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