We will meet in the morning at Victoria Station, take the Gatwick Express and then after a short drive arrive at Knepp Castle.
We will start the day over tea, coffee and biscuits with an illustrated talk by Charlie Burrell, Owner of Knepp and Chairman of Rewilding Britain, on what is Rewilding: the truths and the misconceptions.
We will then go out in Pinzgauers for a 2 hour guided tour of the estate to see the impact of Rewilding on the land.
Then we will come back for a posh Ploughmans Lunch.
WHAT IS REWILDING:
The vision of the Knepp Wildland Project is radically different to conventional nature conservation in that it is not driven by specific goals or target species. Instead, it aims to establish a functioning ecosystem where nature is given as much freedom as possible. The aim is to show how a ‘process-led’ approach can be a highly effective, low-cost method of ecological restoration – suitable for failing or abandoned farmland – that can work to support established nature reserves and wildlife sites, helping to provide the webbing that may one day connect them together on a landscape scale.
The introduction of free-roaming herbivores and the restoration of natural water systems are key to kick-starting these self-willed natural processes. Subsequently, apart from managing the stocking density of the grazing animals, human interference is minimal. The project has to be self-sustaining and financially viable for the long-term.