As rewilding efforts in Scotland continue to gain momentum, its important that remember that as unique each project is, Rewilding is happening elsewhere. The work on-going in Europe provides invaluable insights and opportunities for Scotland the wider UK as we monitor and assess the success of the various approaches made by our pan-european counterparts. In this short article wildlife blogger Gordon Eaglesham highlights an important development in the rewilding of Europe, which will undoubtedly provide more data and field studies to help inform decisions makers and conservationists here in the UK.
The Oder Delta, which straddles the border between Germany and Poland, is the latest habitat to form part of Rewilding Europe’s ambitious plan to rewild one million hectares of land by 2022 over ten designated regions. The area, which is comprised mainly of lagoons and wetlands, is home to the greatest density of White-tailed Eagles in Europe. Other key species of the delta include: Beaver, Bison, Wolf, Moose, Atlantic Sturgeon and Grey Seal. Large areas of land have been set aside for natural restoration and the species seem to be thriving.
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