420 Pages 64 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the history, theory, and current practices of rewilding.

    Rewilding offers a transformational paradigm shift in conservation thinking, and as such is increasingly of interest to academics, policymakers, and practitioners. However, as a rapidly emerging area of conservation, the term has often been defined and used in a variety of different ways (both temporally and spatially). There is, therefore, the need for a comprehensive assessment of this field, and the Routledge Handbook of Rewilding fills this lacuna. The handbook is organised into four sections to reflect key areas of rewilding theory, practice, and debate: the evolution of rewilding, theoretical and practical underpinnings, applications and impacts, and the ethics and philosophy of rewilding. Drawing on a range of international case studies the handbook addresses many of the key issues, including land acquisition and longer-term planning, transitioning from restoration (human-led, nature enabled) to rewilding (nature-led, human enabled), and the role of political and social transformational change.

    Led by an editorial team who have extensive experience researching and practising rewilding, this handbook is essential reading for students, academics and practitioners interested in rewilding, ecological restoration, natural resource management and conservation.


    1. Introduction: What is rewilding?
    2. Sally Hawkins, Rene Beyers, Steve Carver and Ian Convery

    3. The emergence of rewilding in North America
    4. Mark Fisher and Steve Carver

    5. The emergence of rewilding in Europe
    6. Alexandra Locquet and Steve Carver

    7. Ecological restoration and rewilding: Integrating communities of practice to achieve common goals
    8. Cara R. Nelson

    9. Developing a framework for rewilding based on its social-ecological aims
      Sally Hawkins


    11. Trophic cascades as a basis for rewilding
      T.J. Clark-Wolf and Mark Hebblewhite
    12. Species translocations, taxon replacements, and rewilding
    13. Mark Stanley-Price

    14. Cores and corridors: Natural landscape linkages to rewild protected areas and wildlife refuges
    15. Jonathan Carruthers-Jones, Andrew Gregory and Adrien Guette

    16. Mapping wildness and opportunities for rewilding
    17. Steve Carver

    18. Measuring success in rewilding: Ecological overview
    19. René Beyers and Antony R.E. Sinclair

    20. Measuring success in rewilding? Coping with socio-ecological uncertainties in rewilding projects
      Meredith Root-Bernstein
    21. Rewilding ‘knowledges’: Blending science and Indigenous knowledge systems
    22. Lisa Fenton and Zoe Playdon

    23. Rewilding: A legal perspective
    24. Adam Eagle, Alex Cooper, Rob Espin, Jack Gould and Elsie Blackshaw-Crosby



    25. Rewilding case study: Yellowstone to Yukon
    26. Jodi Hilty, Charles Chester and Pamela Wright

    27. Rewilding case study: Carrifran Wildwood
    28. Stuart Adair and Philip Ashmole

    29. Rewilding case study: Going wild in Argentina, a multidisciplinary and multispecies reintroduction programme to restore ecological functionality 
    30. Emiliano Donadio, Talía Zamboni and Sebastián Di Martino

    31. Rewilding case study: Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
    32. Rob Pringle and Dominique Gonçalves

    33. Rewilding case study: Restoring Western Australia’s rangelands: Mutawa/Kurrara Kurrara
    34. Ian Kealley and Neil Burrows

    35. Rewilding case study: Forest restoration: conservation outcomes and lessons from Terai Arc Landscape, Nepal
      Ananta Ram Bhandari and Shiv Raj Bhatta
    36. Rewilding case study: Monitoring natural capital and rewilding at the Natural Capital Laboratory, Birchfield, Loch Ness
      Chris White, Emilia Leese, Ian Convery, and Philip Rooney
    37. Eco-civilisation provides new opportunities for rewilding in China
      Yue Cao, Zhicong Zhao, Rui Yang, Steve Carver, and Ian Convery
    38. Restoring what we’ve lost: Lessons from evolutionary history for rewilding and coexisting in landscapes with predators
    39. Joanna E. Lambert and Joel Berger

    40. Rewilding and farming: Could the relationship be improved through adopting a three compartment approach to land use?
      Julia Aglionby and Hannah Field
    41. Unseen connections: The role of fungi in rewilding
      David Sattori and Matt Wainhouse
    42. Rewilding and human health
    43. Heather VanVolkenburg, Rene Beyers, Cara Nelson, Liette Vasseur, Angela Andrade, Ian Convery and Steve Carver


    44. Rewilding, the wildlife trade, and human conflict
      René Beyers and Sally Hawkins
    45. Rewilding children and young people: The role of education and schools
    46. Heather Prince

    47. Wild adventure: A restorying
      Chris Loynes


    49. Wilder values: The ethics and philosophy of rewilding
    50. Kate Rawles (section editor)

    51. Rewilding from the inside out: A personal commitment to other animals and their homes during the Anthropause and afterwards
      Marc Bekoff
    52. Rewilding and cultural transformation: Healing nature and reweaving humans back into the web of life.
    53. Peter Taylor, Alan Watson Featherstone, Simon Ayres, Adam Griffin and Eric Maddern

    54. Wild democracy: Ecodemocracy in rewilding
      Helen Kopnina, Simon Leadbeater, and Anja Heister
    55. Rewilding and the ethics of place
    56. Martin Drenthen

    57. Knepp Wildland; the ethos and efficacy of Britain’s first private rewilding project
      Simon Leadbeater, Helen Kopnina and Paul Cryer
    58. Human rewilding: Practical pointers to address a root cause of global environmental crises
      Georgina Maffey and Koen Arts


    Sally Hawkins is an environmental social scientist at the University of Cumbria, UK. She is a core member of the IUCN CEM Rewilding Thematic Group and a founding trustee of the Lifescape Project.

    Ian Convery is Professor of Environment & Society at the University of Cumbria, co-chairs the IUCN CEM Rewilding Thematic Group, and is chair of IUCN CEM Western Europe.

    Steve Carver is Director of the Wildland Research Institute at the University of Leeds, UK, and Co-Chair of the IUCN CEM Rewilding Thematic Group.

    Rene L. Beyers is a Research Associate in the Beaty Biodiversity Research Centre at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

    'Over the course of three to four decades, rewilding has progressed from a rather obscure concept associated with radical environmentalism to a well-accepted and even mainstream paradigm for comprehensive ecosystem restoration worldwide. This handbook, edited by four founding members of the IUCN Rewilding Thematic Group, is a much-needed overview of the history, theory, practice, and debate surrounding rewilding.'

    Reed F. Noss, Ph.D., Florida Institute for Conservation Science, Conservation Science, Inc.  

    'A much-needed source of information and inspiration for the growing community of people working to help Nature heal, the Routledge Handbook of Rewilding teaches us how to restore missing species, including large carnivores and other keystone species; reconnect wildlife habitats; expand wilderness and parks; and coexist with all our neighbours, wild and human. "Rewilding" has taken root and ramified widely in the decades since North American wilderness champions coined the term; and this book - which will challenge as well as motivate all readers - shows how the varying branches of work can rewild lands and waters from Scotland to Argentina, from Australia to the Yukon.'

    John Davis, Executive Director, The Rewilding Institute (rewilding.org)


    'With only 2-3% of land and sea functionally intact, rewilding is as necessary as it is exciting, and presents us with the opportunity to both address the past and current damage done by human "development" as well as to create a new relationship between ourselves and nature. This book comes at a pivotal time, framing the history, practice, practitioners and promise of the rewilding work that is essential to addressing the twin crises of climate breakdown and the extinction emergency. Rewilding is a pathway to a new and hopeful future.'

    Magnus Sylvén, Co-Director, Global Rewilding Alliance (GRA) and Vance G. Martin, WILD Foundation; GRA; Wilderness Specialist Group (IUCN/WCPA) 

    'This book provides rich and diverse contribution to our understanding of the theory, principles and practical application of rewilding from around the world.'

    Rebecca Wrigley, Rewilding Britain