How to Rewild
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
1999: Shifting 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.
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
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: Bartlett et al
Modelling the impact of humans versus climate on past megafauna extinctions to determine the importance of humans in causing these events.
A Guide to Urban Rewilding Written by Chris D’Agorne, in partnership with It’s obvious that bigger rewilding projects have a bigger impact on nature. But
Guest Blog by David Satori MSc This guest blog was written by David Satori MSc, a mycological consultant who conducts surveys and monitoring for fungi
Part of our series on How to Rewild a Field. A clear and helpful guide which explains how to find land in the UK, what