GO WILD in the country
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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