October 2016

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The 2016 Living Planet Report warns that unless we start doing things differently, by 2020 our planet’s vertebrate populations will have declined by an average of 67 per cent. The report also had this to say on rewilding:

“The comeback of large carnivores shows that with political will supported by a forward-looking legal framework and a wide range of committed stakeholders, nature can recover.

In some places where large carnivores such as lynx previously disappeared, loss of knowledge can create challenges, especially for certain land-user groups like hunters or farmers. However, there are also numerous positive examples of successful coexistence between humans and large carnivores across Europe. Translating the positive examples and subsequent management approaches into the specific contexts of each region will pave the way further for these charismatic animals. Furthermore, cooperation across Europe will be vital as large carnivores do not respect national borders.”

Meanwhile, Wetlands International say allowing mangrove forests to recover naturally is probably more effective than planting programmes.

University of California have published Reintroduction of Fish and Wildlife Populations, a “practical step-by-step guide to successfully planning, implementing, and evaluating the reestablishment of animal populations in former habitats or their introduction in new environments”.

Europe

The Return of the Golden Jackal.

Uniting nature, culture and business in Lapland.

Another Iberian Lynx was killed on roads around Doñana National Park, bringing the 2016 roadkill toll to 2016 for this recently reintroduced population.

Romania has banned trophy hunting of brown bears, wolves, lynx and wild cats.

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Ancient DNA and cave paintings help to identify the European bison as a hybrid descendant of two extinct animals.

Interpreting ‘favourable conservation status’ for large carnivores in Europe: how many are needed and how many are wanted?

UK

The UK’s Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) have published a report on Rewilding and Ecosystem Services.

Watch rewilding experts give evidence to the MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee.

Paul Jepson: Rewilding and the uplands: perspectives on valuing nature.

Rob Yorke: Rewilding in the UK – hidden meanings, real emotions.

George Monbiot: Rewilding the countryside and the end of sheep.

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Rewilding opportunities arise for UK post-Brexit but wolf introduction ‘risky’.

The British Countryside After Brexit, discussion on BBC Radio 4.

Reforesting Scotland’s Autumn/Winter journal edition.

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England’s vast grouse shooting estates receive millions of pounds in public subsidies, according to an investigation by Friends of the Earth. Watch MPs “debate” the petition to ban driven grouse shooting here.

Farmer Richard Waddingham was given a national award for wetland creation.

100+ bluefin tuna were spotted in Falmouth Bay – Tom Horton suggests some reasons why.

Reintroduced Scottish white-tailed eagle numbers are expected to soar.

Keen on pine martens? Vote for them here and here.

Americas

Yellowstone Wolves 20 Years Later.

Michael Soulé in the National Geographic: “Greater Yellowstone is the center of the Wild West that remains. The challenge is trying to connect the ecosystem to other ecosystems, to let it serve as a source for rewilding other places.”

Pipe ceremony at Lake Minnewanka welcomes bison back to their homeland.

Reintroduced fishers (Martes pennanti, a.k.a. pequam, wejack, woolang) are doing well in the Cascades.

For the first time in a century, a California condor chick in the wild has hatched and left the nest at Pinnacles National Park.

 

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South Carolina had its first elk sighting in more than two centuries.

Wildlife Services will stop killing predators in Nevada’s wilderness areas, thanks to a lawsuit.

Poll finds most Oregonians oppose hunting of wolves.

They’re dreaming of bringing grizzly bears back in California.

After 25 years as a trash dump, San Cristobal Canyon bounces back.

Rewilding: In Patagonia.

Australia

Australia’s first ever National Rewilding Forum was held in Sydney.

Read the full summary of the event here.

Read a special edition of Nature NSW here.

Read blog coverage of the event here.

See also Rewilding on Dirk Hartog Island.

Africa

Andrew Zaloumis explains some rewilding lessons from iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Read more here and here.

See also DW’s short documentary on Living with lions.

Reforesting Kilimanjaro could east East Africa’s severe water shortages.

Cats

Secrets of the World’s 38 Species of Wild Cats.

Supporting Snow Leopard Conservation for Sustainable Development.

Snow leopard numbers decline due to “retaliation”.

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India plans to add ten more tiger reserves.

Living with lions.

Don’t miss this camera trap footage of an impromptu lynx hunt:

Beavers

New study: Eurasian beaver activity increases water storage, attenuates flow and mitigates diffuse pollution from intensively-managed grasslands.

Beavers are back in the UK and they will reshape the land.

Beavers are back and here’s how to live with them.

UK’s most talented architects are not human.

Beavers make a comeback in France.

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Rivers

Taking Down Dams and Letting the Fish Flow.

Why the removal of four Snake River dams is a necessary and feasible action to save wild salmon.

Umeå University – It takes patience to restore watercourses.

Don’t miss this high resolution map of Europe’s 1.2 million streams and rivers, divided into almost 8000 catchment areas.

Scheme to reopen the River Severn to fish wins almost £20m in funding.

Rewilding Europe Webinar – European Rewilding Network on community-based river restoration.

Urban Rewilding

Urban rewilding: bringing nature back to cities.

Helping urban wildlife in California.

Restoring urban drains.

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Talking Points

Aaron M Ellison: To protect endangered species from extinction, the ecological community must become more politically involved.

Ensemble ecosystem modeling for predicting ecosystem response to predator reintroduction.

How to Design a Wildlife Crossing That Wildlife Will Actually Use.

The United Nations and the world’s largest conservation organisation are both pushing for equal rights for nature.

Could giving wild animals property rights help stop their decline?

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