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  • Introducing the Circle of Life

    2. September 2017

    With an informative publication, Rewilding Europe and ARK Nature present a new way to support Europe’s scavengers. As a vulture’s head disappears inside a carcass, a beech marten bares its teeth at a red fox intent on taking a bite of the same carrion. A closer look reveals a  diverse cleaning crew of beetles and …

  • Trust & terminology: leveraging the lexicon of rewilding

    30. August 2017

    The rise of rewilding has led to much dialogue and debate. With rewilding initiatives now bearing fruit in over 25 European countries, Rewilding Europe’s new and progressive language can engender essential support and passion for wild nature across the continent. Let us consider the word “rewilding”. As Rewilding Europe works to give more space to …

  • Rewilding Europe and Rewilding Britain join forces

    4. August 2017

    This summer, Rewilding Europe and Rewilding Britain signed a ‘Collaborative Rewilding Agreement’, marking the start of a shared intent to coordinate their rewilding and communication activities and to enhance the understanding, support and implementation of rewilding in Britain and Europe. The signing took place at the Knepp Castle Estate in West Sussex, one of the rewilding …

  • 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 …

  • Capital collaboration

    11. July 2017

    The European Rewilding Network’s fifteenth webinar focuses on the finance of nature-based businesses and economies.   Rewilding Europe regularly organises webinars for the European Rewilding Network (ERN), which currently comprises 53 members from 25 European countries (including Rewilding Europe’s eight operational areas). Here they discuss rewilding-related topics and share insight and experience. At the end of …

  • The European Rewilding Network welcomes three new members

    16. June 2017

    Rewilding Europe is delighted to welcome three new members (from Spain, Bulgaria and the Netherlands) to the European Rewilding Network. Displaying impressive growth since its launch at WILD10 in Salamanca in October 2013, the network now comprises 53 members from 25 European countries (including Rewilding Europe’s eight operational areas). Rewilding Europe is part of a …

  • Finland’s Snowchange purchases wetland with its first Rewilding Europe Capital loan

    10. May 2017

    A loan from Rewilding Europe Capital (REC) enabled Finland-based Snowchange Cooperative to purchase the 110-hectare Linnunsuo wetland area in April.  Situated in Finnish North Karelia, the wetland was bought from Vapo, the leading developer of bioenergy in Finland and the world’s leading peat industry business, after a year of negotiation. This groundbreaking loan is the …

  • Wild Ways: a milestone meeting

    20. April 2017

    Rewilding Europe’s first ever gathering sees team members, partners and supporters come together to review progress, look ahead to a wilder future and witness the launch of “Europe’s Five”. Bringing together 120 people from nearly 20 different European countries, Rewilding Europe’s first ever gathering was held in Amsterdam on April 19, 2017. This momentous event, …

  • European Rewilding Network members discuss human-wildlife coexistence

    9. April 2017

    Representatives of ten European Rewilding Network sites came together in March to discuss how social science and raising awareness can achieve better human-wildlife coexistence and mitigate human-wildlife conflict.  Rewilding Europe regularly organises webinars for the European Rewilding Network (ERN), which now totals 53 members. Here they discuss rewilding-related topics and share knowledge and experience. This year’s first …

  • 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 …

  • Milestone moment for the European Rewilding Network

    23. January 2017

    The rapidly growing and increasingly influential European Rewilding Network (ERN) has just welcomed its 50th member. These are now distributed across 25 countries.   Rewilding Europe was delighted to welcome the ERN’s 50th member in January.  The Carnivores.cz initiative is a conservation programme of Friends of the Earth Czech Republic, supporting the natural recovery of …

  • European Rewilding Network members hone their communication skills

    5. January 2017

    Effective communication with local stakeholders is a crucial part of any rewilding project. In December 2016 various members of the European Rewilding Network came together in a webinar to discuss their experiences with stakeholders and establish best practice.     Rewilding Europe regularly organizes webinars for members of the European Rewilding Network (ERN). Here they discuss …

  • European Rewilding Network welcomes three new members!

    9. November 2016

    Rewilding Europe warmly welcomes three new members into the European Rewilding Network (ERN). These new members are rewilding initiatives from Ukraine, Finland and Portugal. Since its launch at WILD10 in Salamanca in October 2013, the network doubled in size and is now counting 42 members from 22 European countries and eight areas of Rewilding Europe. …

  • Dutch Postcode Lottery continues cooperation with Rewilding Europe

    25. October 2016

    We are thrilled to announce that last week, the Board of Directors of the Dutch Postcode Lottery decided to continue its cooperation with Rewilding Europe. Based on a formal evaluation completed this year, the Board made this positive decision which means that Rewilding Europe will continue to receive financial support for the period 2017-2021. Since …

  • Webinar: European Rewilding Network on community-based river restoration

    13. October 2016

    This October, the 12th web-based seminar of the European Rewilding Network took place through our online platform. Members from various European countries gathered to discuss and exchange knowledge about the restoration of river systems and how to involve communities. Two successful showcases were presented (Sweden and Finland) and participants learned what it takes to bring change …

  • Promotional film of Rewilding Europe released today

    27. September 2016

    We are excited to announce the release of Rewilding Europe’s first promotional film today, presenting our vision for a wilder Europe. Take a few moments and travel with us to some of the rewilding areas in which we work, learn about the historic opportunities for rewilding, and how this can benefit both nature and people. …

  • Rewilding Europe withdraws from the Eastern Carpathians

    15. September 2016

    We regret to announce that recently, Rewilding Europe had to decide to withdraw from the Eastern Carpathians rewilding area. The main reason is that, despite several years of trying, we have found that at the moment there is no enabling environment for a major rewilding initiative in the region. In 2010 the Eastern Carpathians were …

  • Intense Natural Grazing Course by Rewilding Europe and ARK Nature

    1. July 2016

    Last week, a five day long “Natural Grazing” course took place in the Netherlands. Rewilding Europe and ARK Nature organized the course to support Rewilding Europe’s local teams and European Rewilding Network (ERN) members involved in natural grazing. Participants from six European countries attended various workshops, expert discussions sessions and study tours together gaining better …

  • Webinar: Converting former agricultural lands into nature

    15. June 2016

    This June, the eleventh web-based seminar of the European Rewilding Network took place through our online platform. Members from various European countries gathered to discuss and exchange knowledge about the conversion of former agricultural lands into a more natural setting that allows natural processes to shape the landscape once again, and support species to live here. …

  • Five new European Rewilding Network members – now 48 from 23 countries

    20. April 2016

    Rewilding Europe warmly welcomes five new members to the European Rewilding Network. These new members are rewilding initiatives in Austria/Germany, Greece, Belarus, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Ukraine. Since its launch at WILD10 Salamanca in October 2013, the network doubled in size and is now counting 48 members from 23 European countries. Most of …

  • Webinar: European Rewilding Network about involving students

    6. April 2016

    This year’s first web-based seminar of the European Rewilding Network took place end of March. Members from 14 European rewilding sites joined in and discussed how to engage students in rewilding related work. The participants addressed the great potential of involving this young generation and shared experiences about how to best start internship programmes. Within …

  • Rewilding rivers in Lapland – a community-based approach

    1. March 2016

    In January this year Rewilding Lapland, the local partner of Rewilding Europe in Sweden, signed cooperation agreements with two community based river organizations to work together to rewild large parts of the stunning and largely free-roaming Råne and Pite rivers. The first activities will start in early spring this year. A unique initiative to help …

  • Partnership between Rewilding Europe and ARK Nature renewed

    27. January 2016

    Today, ARK Nature and Rewilding Europe have renewed their partnership with the signing of another three-year agreement for cooperation. This cooperation includes continuation of existing work like developing the European Wildlife Bank and the European Rewilding Network, but also possible new activities such as promoting the role of carrion and scavengers in Rewilding Europe’s rewilding …

  • Webinar: European Rewilding Network about natural grazing of large herbivores

    21. December 2015

    The ninth web-based seminar of the European Rewilding Network took place on December 14th. This time, attendants active in various rewilding sites throughout Europe shared experiences in restoring natural grazing as a key ecological process by bringing back free roaming and wild-living large herbivores. The event focused in particular on horses and bovines, including the …

  • Biking for Rewilding – Rewilding in Germany (part 5)

    2. December 2015

    Dave and Anna, two environmentalists from the United Kingdom, started their “Biking for Rewilding” tour in April 2015 after leaving their office jobs and taking off on an adventure with a purpose. The 4,000 km cycling tour led them through seven European countries, where they visited seven rewilding areas. The final two destinations were Wisent …

  • Webinar: European Rewilding Network about wildlife tourism

    27. November 2015

    This November, the eighth web-based seminar of the European Rewilding Network took place. Members of the network shared valuable experiences on how to increase the tourism value of wild nature and wildlife. The seminar addressed the benefits that can arise from nature-based tourism for nature, wildlife as well as for local communities. One of the …

  • European Rewilding Network welcomes three new Dutch member sites

    14. October 2015

    Today, Rewilding Europe warmly welcomes three sites in The Netherlands as new members of the European Rewilding Network (ERN). Natuurmonumenten, the largest nature organisation in the Netherlands, has proposed these three sites where great progress is made with rewilding. The areas are the Deelerwoud/Veluwezoom (province of Gelderland), the Drents-Friese Wold (province of Friesland and Drenthe) …

  • Dutch Postcode Lottery project “Green Treasures of Europe” completed

    9. October 2015

    Rewilding Europe started its initiative in 2011 with a substantial grant from the Dutch Postcode Lottery for the project “Green Treasures of Europe”. This special project grant was received from the Dutch Postcode Lottery through ARK Nature, one of the initiating partners of Rewilding Europe. After four years of working in partnership with ARK Nature …

  • Biking for rewilding – bison in the Dutch dunes (part 4)

    30. September 2015

    Dave and Anna, two environmentalists from the United Kingdom, started their “biking for rewilding” tour in April 2015 after leaving their office jobs and taking off on an adventure with a purpose. In this fourth blog you can read about their visit to the European ‪‎bison project in the Kraansvlak area along the Dutch coast. This project …

  • Webinar: European Rewilding Network about how to restore food chains

    22. September 2015

    On September 17th, the seventh web-based seminar of the European Rewilding Network took place and this time members from several rewilding sites in Europe discussed how to restore food chains and the ways rewilding contributes to this. The webinar specifically addressed the crucial importance of dead animals in nature and consequently the chances for scavengers feeding …

  • Biking for rewilding – Natural Rewilding at Swiss National Park (part 3)

    3. September 2015

    On our cycle tour of rewilding areas in Europe, our third stop was Parc Naziunal Svizzer – the Swiss National Park. Established in 1914, it was the first national park in the Alps and by now one of the oldest national parks in Europe. It is one of the first members of the European Rewilding Network (ERN).   …

  • 18 newborn European bison in the European Rewilding Network areas

    25. August 2015

    Between March and July this year, in total 18 European bison calves have been born in European Rewilding Network (ERN) member areas. These (semi-) wild new-borns add up to the total number of 5 555 individuals registered in the European Bison Pedigree Book (December 2014).  The European bison is still listed as ‘vulnerable’ on the …

  • Biking for rewilding – Living Mountain in the Pre-Pyrenees (part 2)

    22. July 2015

    On our cycle tour of rewilding areas in Europe, our second stop was Muntanya d’Alinyà , a living mountain in the Catalan Pre-Pyrenees. Muntanya d’Alinyà is one of the largest private nature reserves in Spain and member of the European Rewilding Network (ERN).   During the end of June we have been climbing gradually into the …

  • Sharing experience within a growing European Rewilding Network

    18. June 2015

    On June 5 another event was held to share experience between members of the European Rewilding Network (ERN). This time the subject was about coexistence between people and large carnivores. This sixth web-based seminar (‘webinar’) included a presentation of two best-practice examples from areas with existing conflicts between local people and wildlife in Bulgaria and …

  • Biking for rewilding – for people and for nature (part 1)

    5. June 2015

    We are Anna and Dave, two environmentalists who had been working London office jobs for several years. We were becoming discontented with our lifestyles and wanted to be outdoors, helping people and wildlife. We decided to quit our jobs and have an adventure with a purpose. Having read about Rewilding Europe and the rewilding areas …

  • Experiences on natural grazing shared at webinar European Rewilding Network

    31. March 2015

    During the fifth event of the European Rewilding Network (ERN), that took place March 27th, attendants from several rewilding sites exchanged experiences on natural grazing. In specific, aspects were discussed on how to start and manage herds of cattle and horses in a more natural context meaning the animals are managed with less human intervention, …

  • European Rewilding Network: Webinar about successful wildlife watching hides

    27. November 2014

    During this fourth experience-sharing event within the European Rewilding Network (ERN) on November 25, the attendants discussed how to develop wildlife watching tourism, and especially so by building and using well-designed wildlife watching hides.   The ERN members share information with one another and by doing so get inspiration for the rewilding work that they …

  • European Rewilding Network presented at the European Land Stewardship Congress

    19. November 2014

    From 5 to 8 November 2014, the very first European Land Stewardship Congress took place in Barcelona, Spain.  More than 250 persons had the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities from technical workshops to social activities. One of the presentations was about the European Rewilding Network of Rewilding Europe. The European Rewilding …

  • A very successful first year for the European Rewilding Network

    9. October 2014

    The European Rewilding Network (ERN) was officially launched on October 9, 2013, at the World Wilderness Congress in Salamanca, Spain. Since then, it has grown to 34 members from 18 countries. Three member-events covering specific rewilding subjects took place and this year one more is planned for November.   It is a living network of …

  • “How to work with the Communities” – latest ERN webinar subject

    26. September 2014

    “How do we involve and work together with local stakeholders” was the subject of the third experience-sharing event for members of the European Rewilding Network, on September 23, in good discussions between the attendants.   This third European Rewilding Network webinar included topics such as in what ways rewilding can bring business, jobs and income …

  • European Rewilding Network now consists of 34 members in 18 countries

    19. August 2014

    Four more rewilding initiatives have recently been welcomed as new members of the European Rewilding Network. This brings to 34 the number of members who have joined forces to exchange experiences and inspire each other. The network now also encourages an even wider range of rewilding-related initiatives to join. Its third experience-sharing event for members …

  • European bison released in the Vanatori Neamt Nature Park, Romania

    8. August 2014

    On a parallel with the efforts by Rewilding Europe and its partners to bring back European bison to the Tarcu Mounatins, other great work is being done in Romania for this endangered species. For example in the Vanatori Neamt Nature Park, which is also a member of the European Rewilding Network. On June 24th 2014, …

  • Experiences from working together with hunters shared at ERN webinar

    14. July 2014

    At the second European Rewilding Network (ERN) webinar for its members, on July 8, there was an exchange of first hand experiences and inspirational stories from several rewilding sites about novel ways of building rewilding partnerships with hunting interests.   Two presentations provided detailed information from different Bulgarian rewilding sites, both members of the European …

  • First webinar held within the European Rewilding Network

    15. April 2014

    The first experience sharing event organised by the European Rewilding Network, ERN took place on April 10. During the webinar, which as its name implies is a web-based seminar, many valuable experiences from rewilding were exchanged between members of the Network. Within this online webinar room, the participants’ practical experience of rewilding covered more than …

  • Wild European bison in the Rothaargebirge mountains, Germany

    2. April 2014

    The full and detailed information about the European bison reintroduction in the Rothaar mountains(Rothaargebirge) – including the scientific research results – is now available, in the book „Wisente im Rothaargebirge“ (print and online). Since over than a year back, there are free-roaming European bison in Germany: in and around Bad Berleburg at the Rothaarsteigin, a …

  • European Rewilding Network expanding, exchanging experiences

    3. March 2014

    A further ten inspiring rewilding initiatives have joined the European Rewilding Network since the official launch of the network at WILD10 in Spain, on October 9, 2013. Right now, the European Rewilding Network comprises of thirty members and a number of further local initiatives in several more countries are lining up to join. Members have …

  • Which animals might qualify as ”Europe’s Big Five”?

    27. February 2014

    According to the Belgian TV-show ”Dieren in nesten”, The European bison, the wolf, the brown bear, the wolverine, and the lynx are the ”The Big 5 of Europe” – the continent’s five most impressive wild mammals. All these five are – and especially so the European bison which ranked as number 1 – among the …

  • Proceedings of the Rewilding Europe seminar at WILD10 now available

    24. February 2014

    The vision of how Europe can be rewilded showing some of the latest insights, experiences and successful working examples is presented in the brochure Making Europe a Wilder Place, a series of presentations of the forefront of rewilding in Europe. This 34-page brochure is now available. The proceedings are the result of a full-day seminar …

  • ReWILD10ing Europe: see you in Salamanca!

    4. October 2013

    WILD10, the 10th World Wilderness Congress runs in Salamanca, Spain from 4 to 10 October 2013: a massive, inspirational international event for a whole week! Hope to see you all there! And please do not miss out on the Rewilding Europe activities!   The Full day Rewilding seminar “Making Europe a Wilder Place”  9 October, …

  • Gelderse Poort – the first member of the European Rewilding Network

    9. September 2013

    The Dutch rewilding area ‘Gelderse Poort’ is the first member of the European Rewilding Network (ERN), the newest initiative of Rewilding Europe aiming to connect and unite rewilding initiatives and activities all over Europe. On 8 September, Frans Schepers, Managing Director of Rewilding Europe handed over the ERN Membership Certificate to Mr Piet Winterman, Regional …

  • Bringing together the Rewilding movement

    17. August 2013

    Since the concept of rewilding was defined and expanded by conservation biologists Michael Soulé and Reed Noss in a paper published in 1998, projects and initiatives aiming to restore large wilderness areas, natural processes, corridors or keystone species have flourished all around the world. In Rewilding Europe we are continuously aware of all the efforts …

  • Rewilding Europe starts European Rewilding Network

    10. July 2013

    Rewilding Europe is starting a new initiative: the European Rewilding Network. In the past decades many new projects that clearly link to rewilding have evolved, and many others are about to germinate. As the rewilding movement becomes more and more prominent throughout our continent, Rewilding Europe believes it is valuable to connect European rewilding initiatives …