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  • Interest payments in wild horses

    11. August 2017

    Rewilding Europe has a new solution for biodiversity management and revives ancient animals in the process Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria, rising to over 2 000 metres, with deep river gorges and steep cliffs, cover close to 15 000 square kilometres, extending into Greece in the south. This is one of the most important breeding sites …

  • “Status Wild”, a documentary about Rhodope Mountains goes live

    8. August 2017

    Brilliant 15-minute film showcases the efforts of the Rewilding Rhodopes team and their work with Konik horses.   Earlier this year, two talented Dutch university students – Joanne Landman and Jamie-Lee Bal – travelled to Rewilding Europe’s rewilding area in the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria. They were there to make a documentary about the pioneering efforts …

  • Ode to the European bison

    13. July 2017

    On April 24 this year, one of the first members of the European Rewilding Network – the European Bison Project in Kraansvlak – celebrated its 10 year anniversary. In this blog, European Rewilding Network Exchange Officer and bison project coordinator Yvonne Kemp shares an inspirational story about the developing relationship between European bison and the people …

  • Oder Delta team members enjoy productive springtime socialising

    7. July 2017

    This spring proved to be a very interactive one for Rewilding Europe’s Oder Delta team. During the Wild Ways event in Amsterdam in mid-April we began by sharing experiences and insight with the wider Rewilding Europe web – members of the supervisory board, Rewilding Europe Circle, senior management, central team and local rewilding teams. Iwona …

  • Rewilding stories: A continent in motion

    19. June 2017

    Rewilding Europe is creating space for natural processes like forest regeneration, free flowing rivers, herbivory and carnivory to impact ecosystems. Across the continent, the interaction of these processes leads to constantly evolving landscapes rather than fixed habitats. A forest today can be a grassland over time, and vice versa. Understanding this dynamic is the key to preserving Europe’s …

  • Rewilding stories: Recall of the wild

    12. May 2017

    Rewilding Europe’s writer and editor Daniel Allen spoke with Alexandros Karamanlidis, our regional manager and PhD wildlife biologist about the resurgence of apex predators across much of Europe, and the implications for conservation strategies and tourism.  An ursine character It’s perhaps fitting that one of Europe’s leading experts on large carnivores should describe himself as …

  • A day among the lords of the skies

    13. April 2017

    Volen Arkumarev, a conservation officer with the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB), is working on the LIFE Vultures project. He recounts a record breaking griffon vulture monitoring session in the Rhodope Mountains. It’s a cold morning and the Arda river is flowing through the rocky hills in its calmness. Below the deep …

  • Rabbit research in Western Iberia

    6. April 2017

    Tom Verhoeve, an intern for Associaçâo Transumância e Natureza, shares his experience in Rewilding Europe’s Western Iberia rewilding area. With the sun starting to show its face again after a long hard winter, memories flood back of the amazing times that I’ve spent recently in Portugal. This beautiful country, boasting some of the friendliest people …

  • Non-consumptive use of brown bears in tourism: guidelines for responsible practice

    21. March 2017

    Today, conflicts with man still threaten Europe’s large carnivores species, and prevent the full recovery of their populations. In the past, strategies to mitigate these conflicts have varied between different European countries, they have typically focused on keeping large carnivores away from humans, either by eradicating them, or by restricting human access to areas where …

  • Team Leader Profiles – Stoycho Stoychev, Rewilding Rhodopes

    21. February 2017

    Situated at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, the Rhodope Mountains are a unique ecosystem with a rich biological heritage. For more than 20 years, Stoycho Stoychev has been working to preserve this place that he calls home; the Bulgarian has long been considered a champion for the conservation of local wildlife. As conservation director …