This website has been created in order to encourage discussion about rewilding in Scotland.
Once home to magnificent species such as wolves, lynx and bears, man's destruction of Scotland's ecosystems has created unnatural circumstances. Other species, such as the wildcat, are critically endangered. Wild boar, beavers and elk have already been reintroduced to varying degrees. 2011 saw the first birth of an elk calf North of the Great Glen in over 3000 years.
In the absence of apex predators, the deer population is free to expand unhealthily. To prevent the devastation of our trees, the public are forced to subsidise the mass culling of deer just to protect the little woodland we have left.
The benefits of rewilding are numerous, and we would argue that repairing the damage inflicted upon the land by humans is a moral end in itself.
But rewilding is not without its challenges.
The human population has exploded since we were last able to peacefully co-exist with many species.
There is an obvious - though we would argue acceptable - risk to livestock. There are political, legal and logistical obstacles which need to be overcome, too, but some groups have already shown that these barriers are not insurmountable.
We want to raise public awareness of rewilding in the hope that the people of Scotland will show the passion for which they are rightly famous; to help them connect with nature and, unlike too many generations before them, treasure our land for something other than short-term economic benefit.
We do not yearn for nature to go backwards, nor to create a perfect ecological state and preserve it forever more, as if that were possible. We want to re-introduce plants and animals to the vast, empty spaces in the Scottish Highlands and then step back and let nature take its course.
It will take a long time.........