Interesting overview article on rewilding from The Conversation - who have turned into my go-to scientific reading. All articles by experts and written for both accuracy and approachability.
Does Rewilding have to include wolves?
Wolves in West Sussex? NOW, there is an idea I can get behind!!!I'm camping next month in the Knepp Castle Estate wildland. That is a rewilding experiment on a 3,500 acre estate just south of Horsham, West Sussex. So, I'm going to be quite interested in how that is managed and how it is working out, because people and dogs are allowed to camp and glamp in the wilderness, and it is heavily used by walkers, cyclists and jeep safaris. Which is pretty much the complete opposite of what I would have expected. I'll let you know.
Yes, but that is land "management". Maybe I have the wrong idea about re-wilding but from what I've read (no books, mainly on social media) people think it is a "hands-off" approach and nature should be just left to do its own thing. As I say, there isn't anywhere (outside of a real wilderness) where land is not managed to keep it as it is.I wonder if allowing re-seeding by nature and then weeding out what is not native is an alternative method.
The older male deer need to die somehow. Otherwise, the young healthy bucks never get a chance to sire offspring. That then leads to inbreeding and genetic abnormalities are more likely, and a more unhealthy population. Ultimately, that population would fail. If death of the old males happens by natural selection it is best, but without any predators then the only alternative is a selective and managed culling.Regarding deer, it is possible to shoot long lasting pellets of contraceptives into the females, and control the birth rate that way, which I much prefer to culling. They do form friendships inside the herd and have emotions, so the less that is disrupted, the better I like it.
I have heard a nightingale once in my life - it was perched in a bush by a lamp-post in a sea-side town and singing its little heart out, not bothered by the crowd of people who gathered to hear it. When time permits, I'd love to take a trip to Knepp, at a time of year when I could hear nightingales sing. Even more, I'd love to make nightingales common across the UK again.
It's interesting that the Knepp estate call it "Wilding" rather than "Re-wilding" and that they do manage the land quite heavily. Apparently, they wanted to do things like leave animal carcases in-situ after death but that there are laws preventing doing this.It's worth going to see what Knepp achieved with their version of re-wilding - which actually made the estate financially viable when before it was losing money even though using the latest modern methods and machines. What they found was that for their land, which was OK farming land but not top grade, modern methods didn't work as well as older methods - in part because of the vast cost of buying and running the modern machinery (new large tractors start at £50,000 the last time I looked at prices).
You're the second person today who has told me I need to read the book Wilding before I go, but unfortunately I don't think I have enough time.I'd read Isabella Tree's book on Rewilding Knepp before you go there, if you have the time. A lovely mix of information, and stories.
I've heard of him. He is the originator of the Biophilia Hypothesis - according to his theory, there is an innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world.You might find EO Wilson's half earth project of interest. He is a very distinguished biologist and the gist of what he is saying, is that in large areas of Europe, the countryside has been depopulated by people leaving for the cities and it is far wilder than it was a generation ago.
No, I haven't, thanks. There must be more scientific studies, it is an extraordinary opportunity to see some place that has been completely exited by man.And did you see this study on Chernobyl wildlife
I used to live in Berkshire and way back in the early 90s a bird watcher friend went on a special trip to Wales in the hope of seeing a red kit.
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