Making Europe a Wilder Place

A new approach to European conservation

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Making Europe a Wilder Place

A new approach to European conservation

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Making Europe a Wilder Place

Learn why we trust nature to manage itself

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Making Europe a Wilder Place

Learn why we trust nature to manage itself

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Making Europe a Wilder Place

Be inspired by Europe’s wildlife comeback

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Making Europe a Wilder Place

Be inspired by Europe’s wildlife comeback

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Making Europe a Wilder Place

See how rewilding can boost local economies

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Making Europe a Wilder Place

See how rewilding can boost local economies

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Making Europe a Wilder Place

Join the growing rewilding movement

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Making Europe a Wilder Place

Join the growing rewilding movement

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We want more space for wild nature and wildlife across Europe. A Europe where natural processes can shape our landscapes and give us the good things in life, such as health and wellbeing, wholesome food and clean air and water. We see a future where wild nature is recognised as a fundamental part of Europe’s heritage and an essential element in a modern, prosperous, and healthy society.

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Wild at Heart: an interview with Chris Packham

 

To celebrate the recent relaunch of our website, Rewilding Europe is conducting interviews with prominent persons in conservation and rewilding across Europe. Following on from Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, we are delighted to present British naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author Chris Packham as the second interviewee of this series.

In a recent interview with Rewilding Britain you talked a bit about the rewilding movement in the UK. How would you evaluate the rewilding movement in continental Europe right now?

Rewilding is clearly at a more advanced stage in continental Europe than in the United Kingdom, and it’s heartening to see such good, well-structured progress being made. Thanks, in part, to the efforts of Rewilding Europe, there seems to be a gathering sense of momentum behind European rewilding. Rewilding is sometimes branded as controversial, but to me it’s just common sense. Many people think of conservation as looking after the wild nature that we have left. The work of Rewilding Europe and its partners across the continent shows that we can and should do much more than this, and that rewilding can bring benefits on so many levels.

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EXPLORE OUR REWILDING AREAS

We are selecting large pioneering areas in Europe, where we are working with our local partners to make our vision a reality.
We hope this provides inspiration for hundreds of other rewilding initiatives, all across the continent.

Western Iberia
Portugal
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Danube Delta
Romania & Ukraine
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Southern Carpathians
Romania
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Velebit Mountains
Croatia
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Central Apennines
Italy
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Rhodope Mountains
Bulgaria & Greece
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Oder Delta
Poland & Germany
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Lapland
Sweden
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Rhodopean photo exhibition draws the crowds in Bulgaria

September 18, 2018
With its breathtaking images of vultures and other wild nature, the "Lords of the Rhodopean Skies" exhibition thrilled attendees in three Bulgarian cities and raised the profile of the ongoing rewilding initiative in the Rhodope Mountains.
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Marker Wadden reaches milestone with island opening

September 14, 2018
The newly opened island, one of five created in the Markermeer as part of the Netherlands-based Marker Wadden rewilding project, attracted crowds of nature lovers. By creating new habitat and improving water quality, the project is reconnecting people with wild nature and boosting biodiversity.
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White-tailed eagle gathering in Oder Delta presents magnificent spectacle

September 12, 2018
Attracted to fish stranded in the Stettin Lagoon by August's low water levels, the huge gathering of eagles drew crowds of photographers and nature lovers. The presence of so many of these majestic birds bodes well for rewilding efforts in the area.
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Rewilding Stories: People Power

September 4, 2018
Rewilding isn't only about nature - it's about people too. The support, trust and passion of local communities will always be vital to the success of rewilding projects, regardless of scale and location. Gaining that support means ensuring that people can earn a fair living from the wild, and reaching out and building relationships through effective stakeholder communication.
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Rewilding volunteers give and gain in the Central Apennines

August 2, 2018
A succession of European Erasmus+ students are now volunteering with Italian NGO Salviamo l'Orso. As they make an invaluable contribution to Marsican brown bear conservation in the Central Apennines rewilding area, they are also learning from their experience.
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The power rangers of Poiana Ruscă

July 24, 2018
As rangers at the second European bison reintroduction site in the Southern Carpathians rewilding area, the efforts of Marius Gârdean and Roland Hauptman have been vital to the success of the project. On the occasion of World Ranger Day, Rewilding Europe caught up with them to thank them for their ongoing support, and to learn more about their lives and work.
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