In the seventh article in the Wilding for Conservation series, Tom Williamson, provides a landscape historian’s perspective on rewilding, discussing its practical and philosophical limitations, and the role it can play in future conservation strategies alongside other managment approaches.
‘Rewilding’ is a slippery word. Often used to describe the minimisation or removal of human interventions from extensive tracts of land, it can also refer to the reduction of management within more limited areas. Occasionally, it is employed simply as a kind of fashionable synonym for ‘conservation’. However it is used, rewilding embodies a fundamental shift in attitudes.