Wilding landscape

Should we be encouraging more agricultural land to revert back to nature, or to a semi-natural state, increasing biodiversity and carbon storage? 

Leaving land for nature is increasingly seen as an attractive option for less productive agricultural land, potentially benefitting nature, storing carbon and providing income through Biodiversity Net Gain or Carbon Credit payments.

A well known example of rewilding of farmland comes from the Knepp Estate

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IAgrE webinar with Mark Kibblewhite, environmental chemist and chair of Dorset Wildlife Trust, on Wilding opportunities for agricultural engineers  

 

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See Series of Letters on Table Debates about whether UK rewilding could affect global biodiversity through displaced production - 

“My concern with rewilding in the UK is that, while it may lead to biodiversity gains here, there is a real risk that it will do so at the expense of natural habitats elsewhere… every hectare of farmland lost in the UK could require several hectares overseas to replace it.” 

- David Williams

“Rather than asking whether to ‘do’ or ‘not do’ rewilding, we could instead ask whether it is beneficial to dial up any of the rewilding principles… the choice between farming and rewilding is a false dichotomy, because delivering both food production and nature recovery is not a zero-sum game.” 
- Benedict Dempsey and Alec Taylor

 https://tabledebates.org/letterbox/how-will-rewilding-affect-global-biodiversity

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In our first workshop of the season and as part of the Countryside COP programme we met to introduce YEN Zero and discuss productivity and land use as it relates to crops and GHG emissions, addressing the questions: What is the role of productivity in reaching net zero agriculture? How do we balance meeting food demand while protecting our environment? Should we be ‘sparing’ land for nature or ‘sharing’ our agricultural land with nature?

Are environmental benefits (carbon, biodiversity...) best served by sharing agricultural land with nature, or by maximising yield in some areas to spare tracts of land exclusively for nature in other areas?  

The challenges of creating an enduring system for Lansdcape Recovery….  

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WWF

WWF supports lots of work on sustainable agriculture in a partnership with Tesco.

Land of Plenty is WWF's blueprint for how the agriculture and land use sectors in the UK can help fight climate change and bring nature back to life.

One of the schemes of ELMs

Where does rewilding sit in the future of food and agriculture? Rewilding is a contested term, described by some as laying a foundation for global biodiversity restoration and by others as a threat to human and non-human life in the countryside. This explainer explores how and why people disagree about rewilding, compares its various definitions, and considers how the rewilding debate ties in with different visions for the future of food.

This piece is a brief summary of the TABLE Explainer Rewilding and its implications for agriculture and aims to illuminate key debates surrounding rewilding.

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As custodians of the landscape all farmers have responsibility to the wildlife and nature on their farms.  There are many networks, organisations, advisors and initiatives seeking to help farmers enhance wildlife and biodiversity. Increasingly this is being supported by Defra through ELMS and Local Nature Recovery schemes 

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Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is an approach to land development that leaves biodiversity in a measurably better state than before the development took place.

Where does rewilding sit in the future of food and agriculture? Rewilding is a contested term, de

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