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  • 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 …

  • Days Out in the Delta

    17. February 2017

    Field trips in the Oder Delta reveal the potential for restoring fish migration.   In brilliant mid-November sunshine, Suleika Suntken and myself, Katrin Schikorr, arrive in the small Polish city of Stepnica, on the edge of the Oder Delta. All members of the German Rewilding Oder Delta project team from the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), we …

  • A Spatial Approach

    14. February 2017

    Jelle Harms, an expert mapper and spatial analyst currently working with the LIFE Vultures project, tells us about his valuable work.   From mapping national parks for Google in West Africa to vegetation change studies in Zambia with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, my passion for ecological mapping and spatial analysis has taken me all …

  • Deep freeze: the Danube Delta presents a winter wonderland

    7. February 2017

    This year the Danube Delta region experienced one of the harshest winters on record. Temperatures plummeted to -20°C, encasing landscapes in a thick coat of frozen water. Răzvan Crimschi, the Rewilding Officer of our Danube Delta team, lives in the Romanian village of Sfântu Gheorghe. Here he shares with us the experience of life in …

  • Rewilding: the next generation

    25. January 2017

    Twelve-year-old Zach Haynes, BBC Wildlife magazine’s inspirational junior blogger of the year, describes himself as a “small dude with a big love of nature”. Zach regularly writes about nature and his daily discoveries in his blog Year of  Nature. In this blog for Rewilding Europe, he talks to us about his love of wildlife, and reminds …