Monday, July 31, 2023

Knepp Castle: Letting Nature Take Over Most of the Agricultural Land

Environmental & Science Education, STEM, Nature, Wildlife, Biodiversity, Agriculture

Ed Hessler

Rewilding takes a variety of forms and CBS Correspondent David Pogue visits Knepp Castle, UK where most of the agricultural land has been returned to its more or less natural state (There is no comparison with before intensive farming to the current effort to return the land to nature.). According to the introduction, "in a short span of time, this land has now become one of the most important biodiversity hotspots in the United Kingdom."

The history of the castle and the rewilding project is described in the Wiki entry about Knepp Castle above.  It adds considerable information to the reporting by David Pogue about Knepp Wildland which was the first project at this scale in the UK. Here is the Rewilding Britain link and a link on the concept from scientists

The video of the Pogue's reporting is 7 m 20 s.

For another take on rewilding and vision see RewildingEarth. It's mission is much grander; on a different scale. "To develop and promote the ideas and strategies to advance continental-scale conservation in North America, particularly the need for large carnivores and a permeable landscape for their movement, and to offer a bold, scientifically credible, practically achievable, and hopeful vision for the future of wild Nature and human civilization in North America."

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