It wasn’t so long ago that wild forests teeming with life stretched across much of the country. Rivers flowed freely, brimming with insects, birds and fish. A mosaic of rich wetlands was shaped by beavers and echoed to the calls of cranes. It comes as a shock to many people to learn that today, Scotland is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. Our natural woodlands cover just 3% of their original range, many species that were once prolific now teeter on the edge, and others have been hunted to extinction.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
There exists an extraordinary opportunity to stitch back together an intricate tapestry of life, where nature, in all its colourful complexity, is reawakened to regulate our climate and provide us with what we need to survive. It is called rewilding.
Rewilding seeks to return abundance and diversity of life to Scotland’s land and seas. It’s about healing our damaged and degraded ecosystems, giving nature more freedom, so that rivers flow freely, forests and peatlands regenerate, and wild animals can roam unimpeded across a seamless landscape, shaped by natural processes.
SCOTLAND: The Big Picture works with a diverse range of people to make rewilding happen, at many different levels, across Scotland.
Against the backdrop of climate breakdown and global nature loss, our work has never been more critical.
“We are facing nothing less than the collapse of our living world, the thing we rely on for every element of the lives we lead. We must REWILD the world.” Sir David Attenborough, October 2020
Your donation will help us realise our DREAM and support us to:
increase the area of rewilded land in Scotland by working with those able to effect change.
further people’s understanding of the need for transformational nature recovery.
work to return lost species to Scotland to revitalise our degraded ecosystems.
Please visit our website, or follow us on social media to learn more about how we are rewriting nature's story.