Type of project:
Large-scale rehabilitations of natural processes, including herbivores, carnivores and/or scavengers being present, Methods and experiences to allow natural numbers and densities of native, wild or rewilded species, Projects based on a stewardship anchored in respect for land, water, and all living things, with a management striving to support natural processes and utilize nature’s own mechanism, Successful agreements with water management entities about changing water management methods to allow for natural processes, Successful examples of enterprises that are based on economic values of the wild and that contribute to rewilding through generating revenues, business, jobs and income
Aim and vision:
To study and monitor the natural processes and results of a non-goal orientated rewilding project (including affects arising from the absence of apex predators), and to provide a working model that can influence and inform other similar conservation projects both in public and private hands.
Knepp as a major hotspot of biodiversity to seed connected areas of conservation within a living landscape; and as a means to provide ecosystems services like carbon sequestration, ethical, organic, pasture-fed meat, clean water and flood mitigation, and an uplifting experience for the public.
Uniqueness of the project:
Knepp is the first lowland re-wilding project of significant scale in England. Using five species of grazing megafauna to demonstrable effect the Knepp system provides a new tool to the conservation box. Privately owned and free-willed it is in a strong position to influence other private landowners
Community involved, Eco tourism, Education, Recreational activities, Research, Sale of sustainable products