I am, by my own admission, quite fond of the Lake District: affection born of pleasant memories forged during my time in the area as an undergraduate. Memories build on exhilarating wildlife encounters - with ospreys at Bassenthwaite, with rutting red deer at Martindale and, most indelibly of all, with England's last remaining golden eagle at … Continue reading The Lake District granted UNESCO World Heritage Status
Ever since I first picked up a copy of George Monbiot's Feral during my time as an undergraduate, I have been a firm disciple of the phenomenon known as 'rewilding'. I concur fully with the notion of restoring our degraded ecosystems to a more natural state, I support the reintroduction of extinct species - on both … Continue reading Reflecting on Rewilding (once again)
Almost a fortnight past, Dartmoor Zoo was the location of a daring escape. One centred on Flaviu, a male Carpathian Lynx, and his successful break for freedom. Slipping off the shackles of his captivity mere hours after being transferred to the zoo from Kent and quickly melting away into the Devon countryside where he remains … Continue reading Flaviu – An Inadvertent Pioneer?
Another intriguing post by Ben Eagle looking at rewilding in the often forgotten lowlands. Places over overlooked during talk of sprawling pine forests, prowling wolf packs and "unpleasant" grouse moors. Give it a read! The rewilding fraternity seems to have gathered its main focus thus far around making a case for upland landscapes as the … Continue reading Pondering the Prospects for Lowland Rewilding
This month saw the publication of yet more material regarding the potential reintroduction of Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) to the British Isles. The piece in question, an essay courtesy Dr David Hetherington of the Cairngorms National Park Authority, comprises a very interesting read and dispenses considerable food for thought. Providing a refreshing change of perspective, … Continue reading Lynx & Livestock; Implications for Rewilding – 22/10/15