Exploring Rewilding Course

A two day course exploring the topic of rewilding, featuring presentations, group activities, guided walks and a beaver enclosure tour.

We hear almost daily that habitats are being destroyed, species are going extinct and people have never been more disconnected from our natural world. Whilst The Wildlife Trusts and other organisations are doing fantastic work, nature is still in decline. Much of the work we do involves traditional methods which manage or create habitats by mimicking lost native species.

For decades now, conservationists have been asking the questions: why do we need to look after the land, what happened before we were here and how can we work more efficiently for nature? There is now a push in conservation to restore functionality to our ecosystems so that, to different extents, they can look after themselves (nobody mows the grass in the Masai Mara!).

In recent years, rewilding has gone from the folly of a criticized minority right to the top, with people like Sir David Attenborough and the UK prime minister entering the discussion! The question is no longer ‘if’, but ‘when’ and ‘how’.

With big changes afoot, how can we overcome entrenched views of nature conservation methods? Do we have space for it? And can we really bring back species like Beavers, Elk and Lynx? Is rewilding just wishful thinking or a silver bullet in the conservation toolbox?

These questions, and many more, will be addressed in “Exploring Rewilding”, our two-day introductory course to delve into the ecology behind the rewilding headlines.

Join us to explore the topic with a packed weekend of presentations, group activities, videos, and guided walks.

The course will be held at Idle Valley Nature Reserve. The reserve has the largest beaver enclosure in the UK. This course includes an exclusive tour of the beaver enclosure to look at beaver field signs and discuss their ecology.

Lunch & refreshments included for both days.
9.00am - 4.00pm £85
Idle Valley Nature Reserve, North Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 8RQ
Sat 13 August and Sun 14 August
Contact telephone: 0115 972 1777 Call to check latest times or cancellations.
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