View looking west along Loch Affric to Kintail hills, Glen Affric NNR, Scotland.


Definitions vary, but for us, rewilding is an evolving process of nature recovery that leads to restored ecosystem health, function and completeness.

Our view of rewilding is built around these principles:

  • Providing the space and conditions to re-establish dynamic natural processes, so that they shape and govern Scotland’s land and seas.
  • Recognising the critical role of all species – including missing native species – in sustaining functioning food webs and other ecological interactions.
  • Nurturing nature recovery at different scales and accepting that approaches to rewilding can look and feel quite different and still offer valuable benefits.
  • Improving connectivity across fragmented habitats to give species more freedom to roam, supporting biodiversity recovery and climate resilience.
  • Helping communities to prosper in a diverse, nature-based economy that works in tandem with ecological recovery.