Scotland hopes to repair its ecosystems by reintroducing wolves, lynx, boars, and beavers. These species have been gone from this area for centuries.
Scotland used to boast an incredible amount of wildlife in its forest areas. For centuries, some of the key players in these ecosystems have been missing. Scotland’s government plans to slowly reintroduce certain species back into key wilderness areas.
Scotland is working with a program called Rewilding Britain to add more than 20 species by the year 2030. This includes wolves, lynx, boars, and beavers, which were previously hunted to extinction.
“An important part of our work will be to inspire and inform and build a movement for re-wilding,” Rewilding Britain program manager Rebecca Wrigley said.
The program already has plans to release up to 24 lynxes into three areas of Grumack Forest. A slow, five-year reintroduction of beaver to rivers in Knapdale in Argyll is in the works as well.
Rewilding Britain helped Scotland’s government choose almost 1.5 million acres of land to add other species. The organization will also help save the endangered Scottish wildcat from extinction.
“We hope we can gather a groundswell of support,” said Wrigley. “Re-wilding is really for everyone who cares about our future, our ecosystems need us.”