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  • Rewilding in the Ionian: the case of Kalamos and Kastos

    13. February 2018

    Ted Karfakis, field biologist and head of NGO and European Rewilding Network member Terra Sylvestris, explains the theory and practice behind a Greek rewilding initiative. Situated off the west coast of mainland Greece, on the eastern edge of the Ionian Sea, are the small islands of Kalamos and Kastos. It is here that a rewilding …

  • The Velebit rewilding area sees a fresh approach to wildlife management

    12. January 2018

    In the heart of Croatia’s stunning Velebit Mountains, a new way of managing wildlife is revitalising local economies and wild nature. A different approach Davor Krmpotic is a Velebit man through and through. “These beautiful Croatian mountains have been feeding my family for four generations,” says the Rewilding Velebit team leader. “I was born here, …

  • What a year it has been!

    3. January 2018

    As we move into 2018 I am looking forward to the prospect of longer days and new life bursting forth. This time in the calendar has always been a turning point, as we say goodbye to the previous twelve months and consider the future. Now is a good time to reflect on both our achievements …

  • Polish and Romanian LIFE bison project members meet in the Southern Carpathians

    22. December 2017

    Teams exchange insight and experience, while Polish history of bison reintroduction bodes well for the Romanian rewilding programme. After members of the Polish LIFE Bison project reached out to their Romanian counterparts, the end of November saw a meeting of the two teams take place in the Southern Carpathians. I have had the pleasure of …

  • The Circle of Life project: supporting Europe’s scavengers

    19. December 2017

    ARK Nature’s Circle of Life project, which aims to increase the availability of carrion in nature, began life as a groundbreaking way of helping endangered scavengers in the Netherlands. Rewilding Europe, which has already adopted the Circle of Life approach in its rewilding areas (by enabling wildlife comeback and reintroducing herbivores), is now working to …

  • Rewilding Europe and ARK Nature hold nature education course in Romania

    18. December 2017

    With sixteen participants from nine countries, the four-day course gave all involved valuable new insight into many aspects of nature education. This will enable more effective communication on rewilding and wild nature right across Europe.      This October Rewilding Europe and ARK Nature organised a four-day international course on nature education in the small village …

  • Rise of the rewilders

    28. November 2017

    With rewilding taking shape and spreading, job opportunities are increasing too. We find out what it takes to be a “rewilder”.      When you think about jobs of the future, what springs to mind? Something in artificial intelligence or robotics maybe. Or somebody fitting smart meters, fighting cybercrime or fixing autonomous vehicles. It’s safe to …

  • Restoration and return in the Oder Delta

    13. November 2017

    A keen advocate of rewilding, Tim Kasoar is a fourth year PhD student at Cambridge University in the UK. A particular interest in restoring wetland and floodplain habitats and natural flood dynamics took him to the Oder Delta rewilding area, where he witnessed firsthand the beneficial impact of river restoration on local biodiversity.  As a …

  • Rhodopes GPS tagging provides platform for LIFE Vultures success

    2. November 2017

    As part of the ongoing LIFE Vultures project, a growing number of griffon and black vultures in and around the Rhodope Mountains rewilding area are being tagged with GPS transmitters. The geospatial data these transmitters provide will be critical to the comeback of these magnificent yet endangered birds. Driven by data Locked between the valleys …

  • Europe: it’s wild and waiting

    16. October 2017

    With the launch of the European Safari Company, travellers of all ages can immerse themselves in Europe’s magnificent wild nature like never before. When we hear the word “safari’, what images spring to mind? Perhaps a long line of migrating wildebeest, maybe a luxurious tented camp in the Masai Mara, or even a bush breakfast …