Justified or not, people fear large wild predators and will object to their introduction.
Farmers who – through both good and bad management – have fed the nation for centuries are alienated and treated as obsolete. Their customs, traditions and wisdom will be forgotten.
Large sporting estates are protective over their only thread of reliable income; exclusive shooting of game.
Conservation organisations are concerned rare species not found in the rewilded habitat will be lost.
The public are worried the iconic landscape and heritage of the land will be lost and that they’ll have difficulty accessing land for recreational activities.
Experts in sustainability feel that not producing, at least some, food from the uplands will put enormous pressure on the lowland pastures and arable land to feed our burgeoning population.
Local communities feel they will be ‘closed in’ by forest and jobs and community will be lost.
It’s not enough to simply allow a few sedentary cattle to passively graze rank grassland, we need to achieve ‘herd effect’ and adequate recovery to truly recreate the natural behaviour of wild herbivores under attack from and in fear of a pack of wolves. Holistic planned grazing offers us a tried and tested way of achieving these results.
In Wilderculture we try to step back and allow nature to take the lead in deciding what habitat she wants to be. Only then will we ‘step in’ where our extinct, persecuted or suppressed species cannot properly play their part. Wilderculture can include the reintroduction of missing species but the emphasis is to simply support all the players in the food web and mimic those who are missing until such a time that it’s appropriate or desired to include them.