Human impact on our planet is undeniable. Wildlife is in dramatic decline, and pollution, habitat destruction and climate change have led to devastating biodiversity loss and climate change. Our Rewilding panel will introduce you to some incredible people and projects which are reversing this trend by restoring landscapes and reintroducing long lost species to our lands.
Julian Carnell, The Sharpham Trust
Julian is CEO of the charity that owns and cares for the historic 550-acre Sharpham Estate which lies on the banks of the River Dart in Devon. Originally a teacher he worked overseas in International Development before returning to the UK to work in conservation and education. Sharpham aims to create a more mindful, compassionate and environmentally sustainable world. It does this through a programme of mindfulness retreats, courses, public engagement and conservation projects. The Sharpham Trust is currently delivering a four year project, Wild for People, funded by The National Lottery to rewild parts of the estate working in partnership with Ambios a not-for-profit conservation training organisation.
Simon Roper, Ambios Ltd
Simon is a Director of Ambios Ltd, a 20 year old not-for-profit delivering residential and distance learning nature conservation training programmes. His career began with researching the behaviour of badgers on arable farmland before he moved to a Wildlife Trust to work as a fundraiser and press liaison officer. He briefly worked for the oil industry on environmental impact assessments before co-founding Ambios Ltd to access grant support to train the next generation of wildlife professionals. This work continues, now in the context of being a custodian of a site where ecological recovery (aka rewilding) has begun.
Derek Gow, farmer, nature conservationist, and author of Bringing Back the Beaver
Born in Dundee in 1965, Derek left school when he was 17 and worked in agriculture for five years. Inspired by the writing of Gerald Durrell, he jumped at the chance to manage a European wildlife park in central Scotland in the late 1990s before moving on to develop two nature centres in England. Derek has played a significant role in the reintroduction of the Eurasian Beaver, the water vole and the white stork in England. He is currently working on a reintroduction project for the wildcat.
Helen Meech, Head of Movement Building at RSPB
Previously Director of Rewilding Britain and an Assistant Director of the National Trust, will be chairing the Panel. Helen is an experienced creative strategist and campaigner, with a track record of innovative collaborative campaigns, public engagement and influencing work. Helen has a particular interest in people’s relationship with the natural environment, and is leading the development of the Oak Project, an initiative that aims to use the arts, culture and creativity to connect people to nature.
Ivan de Klee, Rewilding Consultant at Knepp Wildland
Ivan is the lead on Natural Capital; from assessments to nature-based solutions; how carbon sequestration markets can be developed for process-led systems, how to make biodiversity credits and net gain work for rewilding and farmers, whilst trying to unpack the future of land-based subsidies post Brexit. Ivan is the Knepp rewilding consultant helping land managers visualise and plan their change in land use to regenerative and wild systems. He is also running the creation of a nature corridor from Knepp down to the sea and out to Ashdown Forest, building a nature recovery system across Sussex in practice rather than theory.
Peter Cairns, SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
Having spent two decades as a photographer and environmental communicator, Peter Cairns now heads up SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, a charity that works to drive the recovery of nature across Scotland through rewilding, in response to the growing climate and biodiversity crises. Our vision is of a vast network of rewilded land and water across Scotland, where wildlife flourishes and people thrive.
We’re giving away three copies of Derek Gow’s book Bringing Back the Badger Beaver to three lucky winners in our Great Book Giveaway! By registering and attending this session, you’ll be automatically entered into the prize draw!