Scots Pine and saplings on heather moorland in summer, Cairngorms National Park


We believe that young people’s voices should be valued, influence our decision-making and help to drive change. This is why we are teaming up with some inspirational young conservationists to be our NextGen rewilders. 

We provide mentoring resources to assist their conservation ambitions, and to support them in promoting our vision of a vast network of rewilded land across Scotland where wildlife and communities flourish.

Our NextGen Team

Holly Gillibrand

“Instead of telling us how dreadful the future will be, rewilding shows us how amazing it could be. I love rewilding because it's exciting, it's unexpected and I want to be part of making it reality.”

Holly Gillibrand

I am a 14 year old conservationist and environmental activist. I school strike for the climate, I support various wildlife charities and I campaign against wildlife persecution in Scotland. I am also a columnist for the Lochaber Times and I write a nature blog called 'A Cry For The Wild'. I am really proud to be a young ambassador for Scotland: The Big Picture because rewilding is about restoring Scotland's ecosystems and creating a haven for a diverse number of species. It is also about reconnecting people to nature which is very important

Xander Johnston

“It's not just the larger animals that are in need of our help, the insects are in serious decline. I feel passionately about protecting these little guys as without them, the larger animals would have nothing to eat.”

Xander Johnston

I’m just a normal school boy living in the Cairngorms national park in the Scottish Highlands, doing all the normal things a kid my age does, but I also have a passion for nature. My speciality is the ‘little guys’ - the insects, especially ants. Without insects the whole ecosystem would fail, that’s why I spend my spare time helping to protect and educate people (via my YouTube channel) about some of the rarest and most special species of insects in the Cairngorms.

Gus Routledge

“Many of us suffer from ecological blindness. We don’t see the degraded landscapes and the animals we’ve lost because we’re not conditioned to look.”

Gus Routledge

Gus is an ecologist with a particular interest in northern ecosystems. He spends much of his time in Scotland’s wild places working out what the landscape could look like and the species it could support, if it were rewilded. He also likes to understand the role people can play in making Scotland an ecologically richer country.

Bo Kiss

“Rewilding doesn’t always have to be large scale. Small things can make a huge difference. On any scale though, rewilding is about giving nature space to thrive, and establishing healthy ecosystems for not only nature’s benefit but for ours too.”

Bo Kiss

Bo is a master’s student, studying wildlife biology and conservation. She has great interest in urban wildlife ecology, human-wildlife conflicts, and animal behaviour. She loves engaging with and observing wildlife in and around her neighbourhood in Edinburgh and has an affection for species that are somewhat misunderstood and often thought of as undesirable by some.

Hannah Humphreys

“To me rewilding is the restoration of land to a state of abundant biodiversity and can only be achieved by valuing the opinions of communities and landowners. In taking this approach, changes become sustainable and nature can benefit without harm to local livelihoods.”

Hannah Humphreys

Hannah comes from a croft in the Scottish Highlands and has an interest in ornithology. She has just completed her BSc (Hons) in Environmental Biology and strongly believes that through good communication and relationships with landowners, agriculture and ecology can work together to enhance biodiversity and ecosystem health, benefitting both wildlife and farming. 

Toni Lamont

“I want the young people of today to feel empowered through nature and have an understanding of what it requires from us, in order for both humans and nature to flourish.”

Toni Lamont

Toni is currently completing a degree in Wildlife and Countryside Management at SRUC. She has an interest in all things to do with conservation as well as connecting young people to nature. She does this through her role as a Scotland: The Big Picture Young Rewilder, as a Junior Ranger Ambassador and as a volunteer with many other environmental organisations.


This is what we ask of you:

  • That you inspire and educate other young people (and some old) about rewilding.
  • That you encourage engagement with our work through social media, friends and family.
  • That you write short articles/blogs on things you’re involved with.
  • That you explore becoming involved with local projects that aim for a wilder tomorrow.
  • That you act as role models for SCOTLAND: The Big Picture and when convenient, support our talks, events and activities.
  • That you influence SCOTLAND: The Big Picture projects and policy.
  • That you help further develop the NextGen programme.

We will always endeavour to support you in these activities and where possible, help you develop your skills and confidence. You will never be asked to do something you are not comfortable with unless of course you want the challenge!

This is what we will do in return:

  • We will provide you with a mentor from our team.
  • We will endeavour to help nurture your path into a nature-based career.
  • We can provide funding for agreed projects.
  • We will invite you to an annual NextGen residential weekend.
  • We provide a private social media group to allow you to keep in touch with your mentor as well as other members of the NextGen team.
  • We offer complimentary invitations to our rewilding conferences and events.
  • We provide references, where appropriate.

You will also receive:

  • A photo print of your choice.
  • A SCOTLAND: The Big Picture t-shirt.
  • A complimentary signed copy of our Scotland: A Rewilding Journey.
  • Our monthly newsletter, updating you on rewilding news.


If you would like to be considered for our NextGen programme, you live in Scotland and are aged between 12 and 25, please email us. Please provide your name, any social media channels and an answer to the following question: 

Why would you like to be a NextGen rewilder? (200 words max.)

All views expressed by our NextGen on their social media channels, blogs and web sites are their own.