Wilderculture is a fully integrated approach to ecological restoration of the uplands that includes producing highly nutritious food from these marginal areas and encourages people and communities to engage with wilder spaces.
Incorporating the core concerns of farmers, sporting estates, conservation or rewilding organisations and the people who live and visit these areas, wilderculture is a completely new cohesive application of holistic management.
We think it’s a basic human right to have access to wild spaces to remember who we really are. We’re creating opportunities to get you into the wild in different ways to suit every level of experience. Our Wilderculture land will all be available for exploration and we’re working with owners to bring old redundant bothies back to life, create new natural earth buildings and offer a range of training and adventures designed to spark your senses and sooth your soul.
This exciting project is our pilot of Wilderculture in action in the UK. Carna is a 450 Acre Island in the stunning Loch Sunart on the West Coast of Scotland. Carna has been un-grazed for 20 years so the habitat has been allowed to regenerate under natures guidance to a point where grazing animals are required to optimise its diversity. We’re introducing a herd of hardy native cattle in Autumn as well as testing and refining many other Wilderculture techniques.
This noble project involves working with the Maasai tribe in Kenya to reverse desertification allowing the traditional pastoralist culture to thrive whilst empowering them to manage their land for wildlife. The project will initially support training Maasai men and women to understand how to regenerate their pastures, support their community and live harmoniously with wildlife.
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.
Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
Wilderculture is a landscape level approach to land management to create a mosaic of habitats that best suits the topography, geology and current climate.
Particularly geared to upland management, Wilderculture seamlessly blends the objectives of conservation organisations, farmers and sporting estates to create a completely new style of land, livestock and people management.
Rather than fighting natural succession and micro managing habitats to favour one or two species – be It native flora and fauna, favoured livestock, or a game species – we take natures lead, allowing habitats to unfold.
Using a range of regenerative land management techniques, we optimise land performance by mimicking or reintroducing the key players in the food web. We understand that to work with an environment for social, economic and ecological gain we need to maximise all the ecosystem processes.
By increasing the ecological “bank account” we can sustainably earn more biological ‘interest’ from our land in the form of food, timber and natural capital than if we conventionally manage the land.
Using the principles of Holistic Management developed by Allan Savory, we can make better decisions and handle the complexity of working with natural systems.
Wilderculture includes an understanding of how wildlife population health, holistic planned grazing and low stress handling methods can be applied to domestic livestock and sporting game to produce nutritious food within a wilder context.
Wilderculture considers our cultural heritage and encourages the revitalising and repurposing of traditional skills, buildings and community to create truly living landscapes. We show how the principles of wildlife health can be applied to humans and livestock to enhance wellbeing and potentially alleviate many of the issues of modern life.