SCIENCE OF REWILDING

SUPPORTING NATURE'S
FUNDAMENTAL INTERACTIONS

The practice and the science of rewilding mutually support and enhance each other

Rewilding means to restore networks of interactions between communities of organisms and their physical environment, along with the ecological processes that emerge from these interactions.

Restoring such complexity creates healthier, more functional and resilient ecosystems that are better able to provide people with a wide range of benefits – from clean air and water, right through to the locking up of atmospheric carbon, new enterprise opportunities and enhanced health and wellbeing.

Practical rewilding

Ecosulis - Icon Trophic complexity

A measure of the complexity of relationships in a food web.

Ecosulis - Icon Random natural disturbance

Caused by natural events such as flooding or natural grazing.

Ecosulis - Icon Dispersal

How easy it is for species to spread out across landscapes. However, practical constraints mean this is not always possible, which means humans have to creatively mimic some ecological functions.

Fig. 1. The three dimensions of ecosystem recovery / Perino et al., “Rewilding complex ecosystems, Science 2019

How rewilding has grown.

Rewilding has only emerged as a new and exciting approach to conservation over the last 30 years, which means rewilding practice is still developing.

Connecting rewilding science and practice was the topic of a hugely popular online rewilding symposium, which took place at the end of 2020. The enormous interest in the event, which attracted over 2,000 participants, was a clear demonstration of how rewilding is capturing hearts and minds across all sectors of society.

It featured presentations from a range of highly regarded rewilding scientists and experts, including Ecosulis Nature Recovery Lead Dr Paul Jepson, who posited that in rewilding we are seeing a new and empowering environmental narrative for the 21st century.

“Rewilding practice and rewilding science are already benefitting from a rapidly developing interaction.”

This synergy is generating new knowledge and partnerships in the ecosystem restoration space, underpinning the return of nature as an asset for economic and cultural innovation.

Learn more about Rewilding

Rewilding: The Radical New Science
of Ecological Recovery. Authored by
Dr Paul Jepson and Cain Blythe in 2020