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“We’re connecting landowners with donors to increase biodiversity”
Rob Johnson, Founder, Let’s Rewild
We have a bold ambition to reverse the destruction of our natural world. We’d like to take marginal agricultural land away from food production and give it back to Nature. We envision a world where significant tracts of land are entrusted to long term nature reserves, restoring habitat to wildlife and readdressing the balance and harmony between humans and the natural world.
Our ambition is global, but we need your help. Please join our movement, and help us make a long term impact on the wildlife of our planet.
“Such an important project for climate change, peat restoration and biodiversity. We wish the team well with this vital initiative”
“It is impossible to not be inspired by this project. Good luck to all involved and I look forward to visiting”
“Great supporter of re-wilding, raptor persecution, revive and other conservation of biodiversity projects”
Biology teacher donor2020
“Wildlife needs space and protection from persecution”
“I believe supporting ReWilding to be one of the best ways of saving Earth, our very precious planet and its presently highly vulnerable atmosphere – the support system of all life on Earth!”
“Goodluck. I hope you reach the target. The world needs all the rewilding it can get”
“Inspirational project that deserves supporting. Hopefully a model for other communities around the UK”
We need to act now
Humans, planet earth and the natural world are facing a crisis. Since the emergence of human consciousness, many of our ancestors took what nature provided with little thought to long-term consequences. They manipulated nature to survive and to make our lives safer, more comfortable and more plentiful.
Unfortunately our actions are pushing many species to extinction. The scale is as depressing as it is overwhelming:
- UN scientists are warning up to 1 million species are at risk of annihilation
- 1,692 acres of productive dry land become desert every hour
- In Australia, 240 leading scientists signed an open letter warning that 17 natural species face extinction.
- At the current rate, we are losing up to 10% of tropical forest species each decade
- Since 1966, Britain has lost at least 44 million individual birds
- One in four mammals and 40% of amphibians are at risk of extinction
- Insect numbers are experiencing massive decline. In Germany, there has been a 75% drop in total flying insect biomass over 27 years
- Each year, humans extract an estimated 55 billion tons of fossil energy, minerals, metals and biomass from the Earth
- The world has lost 80% of its forests. We’re continually losing them at a rate of 375 km2 per day
"We need to move beyond guilt or blame and get on with the practical tasks at hand"Sir David Attenborough
"Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history. The rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impact on people around the world now likely"United NationsWe need to act now
The future of humanity depends on action now. If we do not act, our children and all future generations will never forgive us.Sir Robert WatsonChair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
The principal threat to the biodiversity of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians is habitat degradation. Vast tracts of land have been, and continue to be, deforested and put to agricultural or other use. Modern intensive farming, although increasingly sensitive to wildlife, does not provide sufficient habitat for large scale natural wildlife regeneration.
Governments are not yet ready or not yet willing to respond effectively and with the urgency that is required. In 2019, over 100,000 UK citizens signed a petition to ‘Restore nature on a massive scale to help stop climate breakdown’. After parliamentary debate the government responded by recognizing the urgent need, but provided underwhelming reassurances:
- ‘We have a long-term ambition to increase woodland cover from 10% to 12% by 2060’
- ‘We have allocated GBP10m to restore peatland across the country’
This is not sufficient.
Even if governments were able to mobilize real action, it is an inefficient way to channel funds from taxpayers to the frontline. What portion of the tax you pay is absorbed by government infrastructure and bureaucracy?
Meanwhile, many landowners are struggling to make a living. The most profitable farm in the US made $275 per acre, while the least profitable LOST $222 per acre. Farmers compete against each other in a global commodity marketplace. With super thin margins, competitive advantage requires massive scale and efficiency. This brutal reality is softened with state subsidies, making the livelihoods and decisions of land-owners largely dependent on Government handouts.
As things stand, landowners are dependent on governments, and governments lack the drive to change land use in favour of nature and wildlife.
In 2001, Charlie Burrell and Isabella Tree made a bold decision. They stopped intensively farming 3,500 acres of clay soil in Sussex, UK and allowed nature to take over. Within a few years, wildlife found this new haven and biodiversity increased substantially. The landowners have observed an explosion of both common and rare species, with endangered species such as nightingales and turtle doves finding sanctuary (find out more)
The success of the project has revolutionized how we think about nature conservation.