European Rewilding Network

Staffan Widstrand / Rewilding Europe

European Rewilding Network

Let's rewild together

Staffan Widstrand / Rewilding Europe

An exchange of excellence

Rewilding Europe recognises that our work is part of a broader European rewilding movement. As part of this movement, many great and inspirational initiatives have already developed over the last few decades, with new projects continuing to mushroom across the continent.

The objective of our groundbreaking European Rewilding Network (ERN) is to bring these initiatives closer together, empowering each network member with the information and tools to be more successful in their rewilding endeavours. We want to establish a living network of myriad rewilding initiatives, supporting them and facilitating the adoption of best rewilding practices and methodologies.

Solvin Zankl / Rewilding Europe

Sharing experiences

All initiatives joining the Network are included into a database and can be easily located. The members are enabled to directly connect with similar initiatives in Europe, and are connected with Rewilding Europe itself. They become even more visible to the outside world as being part of a pan-European movement for active rewilding initiatives, and are encouraged to share their gained knowledge and experiences.

Rewilding Europe will facilitate this process through the online Network. Also, members of the Network receive additional information through specific training, learning seminars and exchange visits that will positively contribute to the work we are all involved in: Making Europe a Wilder Place.

Several main topics members are looking forward to share experiences on within the European Rewilding Network are: Successful species reintroductions (e.g. griffon vulture, beaver, European bison); How to raise public interest and attention through nature education and communication; The preservation of natural systems, for example restoring wetlands; How to involve and work together with local communities; and Professional wildlife watching and photography tourism development.


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“The large-scale rewilding of Europe needs initiatives and projects across the continent to come together and support each other. The European Rewilding Network, united by a common desire to make Europe wilder, can foster such collaboration.”

Julia Mata

Julia Mata
Coordinator of the European Rewilding Network

Meeting your initiative's needs

Bruno D'Amicis/Rewilding Europe

Online seminars

The ERN uses an innovative virtual platform to stimulate discussion and the exchange of insight and experience. Every year up to six web-based seminars (webinars) are organised addressing specific rewilding-related topics presented and discussed by ERN members. Attracting participants from across Europe, these frequently result in further interaction between members.

The ERN also has an open webinar series called Rewilding Intros, where members can present and showcase their work to other ERN members and the wider public. You can find them at Rewilding Europe’s YouTube channel.

Bruno D´Amicis

Rewilding Volunteers

The European Young Rewilders are a community of young people with the aim aid young rewilders and early professionals across various sectors in finding opportunities to work in rewilding. If you are a member of the European Rewilding Network and are searching for volunteers for your rewilding initiative, you can ask for this to be advertised to the members of the European Young Rewilders. Please contact

Ronald Goderie / Taurus Foundation

Do you need support for the translocation of keystone species?

ERN members have access to the European Wildlife Comeback Fund, a new initiative thaaims to provide immediate funding for conservation translocations that are ready to be executed. If you have secured the source of the animals and have completed all the legal requirements (especially permits and feasibility assessments), then let us know. We would love to speak with you!


Florian Möllers / Rewilding Europe

Do you need financing?

ERN members also have direct access to Rewilding Europe Capital, Europe’s first rewilding enterprise funding facility that provides financial loans to businesses that can make a positive contribution to the many aspects of rewilding. Members can benefit from financial, technical and promotional support.


Do you need promotion?

The ERN helps members to communicate about their work, both to other members and a wider European audience. Articles, news items, blogs, tweets, photos and videos can all be published via Rewilding Europe’s communication channels, reaching out to several million people annually. Every quarter the ERN Updates publication is sent to all members, containing information on new members, announcements of events and other relevant information.

Do you need information?

The ERN will give your project a support network that assists with every stage of development. Rewilding Europe, together with our partners, writes and publishes factsheets, scientific reports, practical guides and brochures. Produced with the collaboration of scientists, entrepreneurs, conservationists and educators, content is accurate, clear, concise and practical. Such material is regularly distributed to all ERN members.

Temporary pause on ERN membership applications

The ERN’s diverse membership stretches right across Europe, with significant potential for further growth. Rewilding sites range from small private reserves to national parks. Members are involved in everything from the restoration of rivers and food chains, wildlife return, species reintroduction and natural grazing to wildlife hide building, changing forestry practices, enterprise development, nature-based tourism and applied research.

Are you interested in becoming an ERN member? We are currently pausing new applications over the summer months as we work on improving our processes behind the scenes. We invite you to check back with us in a few months for updates on when we will be accepting applications again and hope to hear from you then.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support of rewilding in Europe.

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