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A Conservationists' Guide to Practical Rewilding

We’ve collated some of the most important journal articles and books related to rewilding.

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A Scientific Definition of Rewilding

“A dynamic and process-oriented approach, focusing on the adaptive capacity of ecosystems and the restoration of ecosystem processes promoting biodiversity, rather than aiming to maintain or restore particular ecosystem states characterized by predefined species compositions or particular bundles of ecosystem services.

Such approaches recognize ecosystems as dynamic systems whose future development cannot always be predicted.”

Perino et al, 2019



Jepson & Blythe


A primer for conservationists interested in the principles and classic case studies of rewilding. Also offers helpful advice and examples of how to roll out a project.



Detailed analysis of ecosystem collapse in the UK, with case studies showing how rewilding projects are able to reverse this trend.

Journal Articles

1999Shifting Mosaics in Grazed Woodlands Driven by the Alternation of Plant Facilitation and Competition

Authors: Olff, H., Vera, F. W., Bokdam, J., Bakker, E. S., Gleichman, J. M., De Maeyer, K., & Smit, R.

Published: 1999

Journal: Plant Biology

A seminal paper in rewilding which proposed the concept of cyclical patterns of regeneration, whereby thorny scrub acted as protection for tree saplings, allowing woodland to succeed on grassland. The findings have since been disputed in some research, but the concept is still very popular in the rewilding community as, while woodland is not often observed to be destroyed by modern mega-herbivores, trees do indeed appear to grow in thickets.

Authors: Kimball & Nolte

Published: 2006

Journal: Western Journal of Applied Forestry

Successful test of a cheap and easy to spray-on deer repellent based on an easy to acquire component of baby formula. 

Authors: Vercauteren et al

Published: 2006

Journal: Wildlife Society Bulletin

Comparison of different types of deer fence and their efficacy, cost-efficiency and practicality.

Authors: Bartlett et al

Published: 2016

Journal: Ecography

Modelling the impact of humans versus climate on past megafauna extinctions to determine the importance of humans in causing these events.

2019: Rewilding Complex Ecosystems

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Authors: Perino et al

Published: 2019

Journal: Science

A framework for understanding rewilding and applying it in projects, placing local communities at the heart of the planning process.

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