Type of project:
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, Projects creating local pride and common ownership and responsibility for wild nature amongst land owners, communities and resource users, leading to new alternative uses, Successful examples of initiatives that address to reduce human-wildlife conflict, and show tangible benefits / reduced problems for the local people
Aim and vision:
It wasn’t so long ago that vibrant, wild forest stretched its fingers across much of the Scottish Highlands. Beavers and cranes found sanctuary in extensive wetlands; salmon and trout filled Scotland's rivers and lynx, wolf and wild boar stalked woodland glades. Today, all of our large carnivores have gone; most of our large herbivores have gone and across huge areas of Scotland, a bare degraded landscape persists that supports very little life – wild life or human life. Scotland has become an ecological shadow of its former self but it doesn’t have to be this way. A bold vision for Scotland’s future is slowly evolving; a vision that looks forward not back; a vision that would see native woodland regenerating at a landscape scale; a vision where damaged peatlands are restored, and rivers lined by alder and willow run freely; a vision that would see a wilder, revitalised landscape driven by natural processes, supporting a much broader range of wildlife than exists today. This is the vision of a wilder Scotland, one that benefits all life, including human life. Some people call this vision “rewilding” but we just call it good sense.
The ecological and social benefits of an expanded wild forest network, connected by wildlife corridors, are better understood and many more land managers are active in forest restoration. Improved understanding of the role of natural processes and habitat connectivity in functioning living systems, including the beneficial effects of restoring key species such as beavers and apex predators. Vibrant communities thriving on the back of a nature-based economy, which takes account of long-term ecological principles in everyday decision-making.
Uniqueness of the project:
As a team of photographers, filmmakers, writers and designers, we are experienced in communicating with a mainstream audience using the power of visual storytelling. Coupled to that, our team are all knowledgeable naturalists and committed to the rewilding ethos.