Rewilding has rapidly grown to become a powerful force in conservation. The idea of letting nature choose its own path and using natural processes to tackle major ecological challenges has captured public imagination and spawned numerous and diverse projects across Britain. Through a new series of articles, British Wildlife plans to explore the emergence, evolution and application of rewilding in a British context. Here, Rob Fuller and Guy Freeman introduce the Wilding for Conservation series and outline what readers can expect to see in forthcoming articles.
Deceptively simple in essence, rewilding resonates with something latent in many of us – a longing for a wilder world. It has captured the imaginations not only of conservationists, but also of landowners and policy-makers.