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Recording of the "Rewilding The Land & Sea" Event held in Bristol on 7th June

We hosted an inaugural collaboration event between Heal Rewilding, Project Seagrass and ourselves in Bristol on 7th June. This was a wonderful opportunity to hear from some of charities we support as well as see Kelp! a film that we funded after a shout out on the So Hot Right Now! podcast from some Falmouth University students. 

 
 

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Heal Rewilding with Hannah Needham

 

An introduction to Heal Rewilding from Hannah Needham, Operations Director.

 

Heal's raises money to buy land and rewild it. Their ambition is to have one new rewilding site in every English county which would restore 10,000 hectares of degraded land for nature.

 

Due to poor lighting the recording shows only the slides Hannah used but we promise you she was there and gave a fascinating talk!

 
 

Foundation Conservation Carpathia (FCC)

 

Foundation Conservation Carpathia (FCC) was founded in 2009 by 12 philanthropists and conservationists with the goal to stop illegal logging of the woodlands around the Carpathian Mountains in Romania. FCC wish to protect a significant surface of Carpathian forests in form of a completely protected area for future generations. This is achieved by purchasing land and leasing hunting rights for full protection of all natural elements with private and public money. As of mid 2021 FCC have purchased over 25,000 hectares and aim to purchase an additional 10,000 hectares by 2025. They have already reintroduced bison to the region and will start bringing back beavers in late 2021.

 

Carpathia has a personal connection for us given Elena's home town of Cugir is only a few hours away from the heart of the FCC project.

We were delighted to introduce many of the Bristol audience to their first taste of the wonders of the Carpathian Mountains and to FCC. Many thanks to Barbara Promberger, FCC Co-Founder, for providing us a special interview to introduce the fantastic and inspiring work they do. 

 

"Mess is Best!" - An introduction to WildEdges

 

Nick introduces "WildEdges", a collaboration between WildEast and the Land App. WildEdges calls on landowners to add a modest amount of regenerating scrub and grass buffers to land edges like hedgerows and Dan Geerah of the Land App shows us what that looks like. 

 

Whilst WildEast’s WildEdges initiative focuses on hedgerows the concept of having messier edges has much broader applications. It is just as important for rivers to have messy edges. Nick gives a quick overview of Beaver Trust and the work they are doing on restoring river buffers. There is more on WildEdges here.