‘Rewilding innovation’ fund launched to bring back nature

The charity is launching an “Innovation Auditor” fund to stimulate local projects aimed at restoring terrestrial and marine habitats.

The charity Rewilding Britain is offering up to £ 15,000 each for projects that create new opportunities for large-scale nature restoration.

This may include interacting with society, business plans for businesses such as ecotourism that bring profits to the local economy or the use of new technologies in revival.

Last year, the foundation’s pilot allocated £ 55,000 to a variety of projects, including one using new light detection techniques to measure carbon capture by shrubs and wood pastures at several conversion sites in England and Scotland, and another to explore seagrass recovery in the north-east of England.

The scheme is while rewilding is rising on the environmental agenda, in the UK as well as around the world. Rewilding is a large-scale restoration of nature to such an extent that it can take care of itself, by restoring habitats and natural processes and, where necessary, reintroducing lost species such as beavers.

Part of the UK government’s approach to reforming agricultural subsidies in England will be to assume that land managers will pay for large-scale projects that may involve conversion.

Polls show a high level of support for revialing, although this has raised concerns among some parties about switching land from food production.

The innovation fund from Rewilding Britain will focus on land projects of at least 40 hectares (100 acres), while offshore projects can be of any size.

The charity says it expects to fund about 15-20 schemes in England, Wales and Scotland this year, with the money going to those who have the potential to have the greatest impact on people and nature. He says he especially wants to support community projects.

Sarah King, Rewilding Network Manager in the UK, said: “The Rewilding Innovation Fund is being launched in response to the rapidly growing thirst for information, advice and funding rewilding as a powerful way to combat nature and climate emergencies while creating real social and economic benefits for people .

“We especially want to support community projects because action at the local level is central to helping nature to regenerate in a way that works for people and communities, and to create a connection of nature across the country.”

New ideas and lessons learned from successful applications will be donated to a charitable “transformation network” of community groups, landowners, farmers and land managers to provide practical information for their transformation efforts.

Last month’s Rewilding Britain poll found that four-fifths of people supported rewilding in Britain. An even greater number called for the country’s national parks to become wilder and parts of protected areas to be set aside for conversion.

A survey of 1,674 people conducted by YouGov in October 2021 found that 81% of people support railing in the UK, with the same high support among voters of all political parties, all ages and social classes. Only 5 percent of respondents were against the reval. 83 per cent of those polled were in favor of making Britain’s national parks wilder, and plots in them were set aside for conversion.

In the UK, there are already a number of conversion schemes led by the Knepp estate in Sussex, including Wild Ken Hill in Norfolk, which is engaged in revalidation along with renewable farming, and Cabilla Cornwall, an alpine farm in Bodmin Moore that restores trampling.

Three-quarters of those polled also supported the goal of increasing the percentage of land processed in Britain from less than 1 per cent today to at least 5 per cent. The same proportion of people believed that politicians should do more to reverse the decline of nature in the country.

Rebecca Wrigley, CEO of Rewilding Britain, said: “This poll confirms that rewilding is overwhelmingly popular in the British public and that people want politicians to do much more to reverse the catastrophic decline of nature in our country.

“Rewilding offers a basic solution to emergencies in nature and climate, benefiting people, including through new jobs and opportunities for rural and coastal communities and healthier towns and cities.

“Rewilding attracts an amazing level of support because it’s hope.”

Rewilding Britain wants to see efforts to restore nature on at least 30 per cent of Britain’s land and sea by 2030, with 5 per cent of that area to be redeveloped.

This will create areas of revived native forests, peatlands, meadows, wetlands, rivers and coastal areas without losing productive agricultural land, and the remaining 25 percent support environmentally friendly agriculture and other uses, the charity said.

Read more about the Rewilding Britain Innovation Fund.

Last week, a separate UK charity, The Woodland Trust, called on the public to urgently raise the remaining £ 1m from the asking price of £ 2.5m needed to convert land near Lampston, near the Aixe Devo estuary, with a mixture of planting trees and shrubs grow naturally.

The Woodland Trust claims to turn a Devon rural area into a new forest for many wildlife in the county where the charity first began its work 50 years ago.

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