In ecological terms, there is simply no question, allowing our remote upland areas to naturally succeed to a fully rewilded habitat is the best possible way of capturing carbon, restoring nature and preventing flood and drought. But, to have a healthy functional native ecosystem that will sustain itself forever, we need to have all the players in the food web present; top predators included.

Watch this inspirational video which explains why we need predators for ‘unmanaged’ rewilding.


Justified or not, people fear large wild predators and will object to their introduction.

Farmers who – through both good and bad management – have fed the nation for centuries are alienated and treated as obsolete. Their customs, traditions and wisdom will be forgotten.

Large sporting estates are protective over their only thread of reliable income; exclusive shooting of game.

Conservation organisations are concerned rare species not found in the rewilded habitat will be lost.

The public are worried the iconic landscape and heritage of the land will be lost and that they’ll have difficulty accessing land for recreational activities.

Experts in sustainability feel that not producing, at least some, food from the uplands will put enormous pressure on the lowland pastures and arable land to feed our burgeoning population.

Local communities feel they will be ‘closed in’ by forest and jobs and community will be lost.

It’s HOW an animal grazes that matters.

It’s not enough to simply allow a few sedentary cattle to passively graze rank grassland, we need to achieve ‘herd effect’ and adequate recovery to truly recreate the natural behaviour of wild herbivores under attack from and in fear of a pack of wolves. Holistic planned grazing offers us a tried and tested way of achieving these results.

Nature takes the lead.

In Wilderculture we try to step back and allow nature to take the lead in deciding what habitat she wants to be.  Only then will we ‘step in’ where our extinct, persecuted or suppressed species cannot properly play their part. Wilderculture can include the reintroduction of missing species but the emphasis is to simply support all the players in the food web and mimic those who are missing until such a time that it’s appropriate or desired to include them.



Wilderculture will – like any fully rewilded landscape – encourage a dynamic ecosystem that’s a mosaic of habitats maximising the biodiversity of the uplands. These highly functioning ecosystems sequester enormous amounts of Carbon, maximise methane utilisation, slow the flow of water, and support a mind-boggling array of species – all without the vast resources required to ‘hold’ a habitat in fixed state to preserve a rare remnant of a time long gone. Wilderculture seeks to blend seamlessly into a regenerative approach to lowland farming. The lowland and arable areas adopting a holistic approach to management can integrate many habitats including those which support rare or endangered species. Holistic management applies the principles of ecosystem health to agricultural systems to sustainably produce high volumes of healthy food as well as accommodate the desires of the land manger.

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