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Beaver-themed rewilding garden wins Chelsea flower show top prize

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A garden with hardly a bloom in sight and inspired by the dramatic transformation of land through the reintroduction of beavers to the UK has won best in show at the Chelsea flower show. The garden – A Rewilding Brita...

Chris Packham meets crown estate to promote rewilding royal land

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Chris Packham and a campaign to “rewild the royals” have had a “really good” meeting with the crown estate to ask it to consider pledging a slice of its 615,000 acres to wild nature. Packham said the crown estate was ...

‘Natural Health Service’: Derby approves UK’s largest urban rewilding project

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“I’m excited about the potential for large wildflower-rich grassland areas mixed with naturally regenerating scrub,” said Prof Alastair Driver, director at Rewilding Britain. “It won’t be long before these areas are r...

Success of past rewilding projects shows path to restoring damaged ecosystems

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The news that scientists are planning to bring back woolly mammoths to the Arctic tundra, by splicing DNA from Asian elephants with that of their extinct ancestors, has raised a few eyebrows in the world of conservati...

Rewilding: should we bring the lynx back to Britain?

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The maverick rewilder Derek Gow is wearing an extremely small pair of coral pink shorts as he introduces his three new Eurasian lynxes. He looks like Tiger King’s Joe Exotic on the wrong side of the Atlantic. The shy ...

Elephants might not fly: confusion over Carrie Johnson charity’s rewilding plan

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Confusion has erupted over plans to fly a herd of elephants from Kent to Kenya, after the Kenyan wildlife service said it had not been contacted or consulted about the operation. On Monday, the Aspinall Foundation ann...

Beavers set to be released in London as part of urban rewilding

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Beavers are set to be released in London in the UK’s most significant urban reintroduction, the Guardian can reveal. It is hoped the rodents, which went extinct in the UK 400 years ago after being hunted for their fur...

As You Like It review – eco-Shakespeare makes case for rewilding

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It is not often you hear Taylor Swift and the Beach Boys in Shakespeare. But pop music works up the romantic atmosphere in Yolanda Mercy’s adaptation of the pastoral comedy, directed by Paul Hart. Staged in the Waterm...

Concerns over welfare of Exmoor ponies in Danish rewilding project

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Exmoor ponies have become hot property for rewilding projects across Europe, which use them as selective grazers to tend meadows and promote biodiversity. The scientists and conservationists behind the trials prefer t...

Royal family urged to lead rewilding efforts and transform estates

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More than 100 academics, experts and public figures have signed a letter calling on the royal family to rewild their lands as a public commitment to help tackle Britain’s biodiversity crisis and to show climate leader...

Wildcats, storks and beavers: my stay on a Devon rewilding farm

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The field sloping away to the west at first appears straightforwardly idyllic. There is a pair of pretty shepherd’s huts with adjoining kitchens in a meadow where dandelions and cuckoo flowers bloom. And there is a gl...

Pioneering rewilding project faces ‘catastrophe’ from plan for new houses

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It is a place where rare white storks raise their chicks alongside peregrine falcons and purple emperor butterflies, where the trees are filled with endangered turtle doves and nightingales, and where the population o...

UK nature projects to be celebrated on Global Rewilding Day

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Lake-wading water buffalo in Suffolk, forests of waist-high “wee trees” on Scottish mountain peaks, and even the idea of lynx roaming Northumberland. These are just a fraction of the nature projects being given a push...