(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Rewilding – A New Paradigm for Nature Conservation in Scotland ?

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

BROWN C. (1) ; MCMORRAN R. (2) ; PRICE M.F. (2) ;
(1) CREEM, The Observatory, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, ROYAUME-UNI
(2) Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College, University of the Highlands and Islands, Perth, ROYAUME-UNI


Rewilding is a strategy for the conservation of complete, self-sustaining ecosystems, primarily involving the protection and, where necessary, reintroduction, of populations of keystone species in large, connected reserve networks. A potential method of preserving ecosystem functions and biodiversity, it is now receiving a great deal of practical and political attention, particularly in North America. In Scotland, where many native species have been extirpated in the relatively recent past, rewilding has clear relevance and may provide an overarching set of objectives for current programmes of native woodland restoration and species reintroductions. Nevertheless, rewilding is not widely used as a term or strategy in Scottish conservation. This review considers the development of the concept and its possible application in Scotland, and identifies substantial scope for rewilding, in terms of the restoration and protection of large areas of wild land, and of the reintroduction of native species which have been driven to extinction by human activity. As the environmental, social and economic benefits which are likely to result from a programme of rewilding in Scotland outweigh the potential drawbacks, the adoption of rewilding is recommended as one aim of environmental policy.


Article of periodic

published at : Scottish geographical journal / ISSN 1751-665X

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1999)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 127, no4 [pp. 288-314]

Bibliographic references : 11 p.

Collation : 1 tabl.




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