It is very exciting to hear Chris Francis from RSPB Saltholme speak about his new rewilding project on Teesside.
From today, 100 hectares of farmland returns to the RSPB's direct management!
So, we're going to return this land to nature.
We will update you all on progress over the coming years. Watch this space!#rewilding #naturalregeneration #nature #wildlife #conservation pic.twitter.com/RjXAlGWElM
— RSPB Saltholme (@RSPBSaltholme) January 1, 2022
Rewilding is gaining momentum as an opportunity to address the climate and biodiversity crisis, but there remains a lack of quantitative evidence detailing the biodiversity and ecosystem services responses in different landscapes. This lack of evidence is particularly acute in post-industrial landscapes, and I propose to study this 100ha site due to be rewilded by RSPB from 2022 in one of the most industrialised area of the UK, with ad hoc monitoring to capture change over time, as natural processes override anthropogenic influence.