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Project: Enhanced Natural Rewilding

Location

United Kingdom

Summary

The UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world – we urgently need to create new habitats else we risk losing much of what is remarkable and inspiring about these cherished islands. This project buys land in the UK and works with nature to bring it back to its wild state – creating a permanent home for plant and animal life.

Who is behind it?

The Save Me Trust, an animal charity established by Queen guitarist and animal welfare campaigner Brian May, and Anne Brummer. 

Why did we choose this project?

Save Me works in the most sensitive way, so that wildlife flourishes – they work with nature, making changes slowly and with a ‘no kill’ policy, so that where there is wildlife, it is preserved.

What do we most love about it?

The power of restoring nature: this project will lead to more forever homes for wildlife and more trees that filter water, purify our air, and prevent soil erosion.

How does it work?

The Save Me Trust manages private land, purchased and protected specifically for this purpose by Brian May, for example land that was wilderness-deprived commercial forest or farmland. They take a range of actions to restore the land to a nature-rich space. They will enhance and create suitable wildflower meadows to support invertebrates; protect the land from hunting; manage and engineer water courses and return them to their former role and function within the environment; plant hedgerows that are the backbones of the ecosystem that provides cover for a multitude of invertebrates, reptiles, small mammals and birds; fallen wood provides homes for stag beetles and a plethora of bugs essential for breaking down and composting the woodland floor and keeping it healthy, and; provide cover for foxes, deer, dormice, badgers and a multitude of middle to large mammals and birds. 

What broader benefits does it bring?

Expertly and sensitively rewilded land will remove carbon from the air, helping to tackle the climate crisis.

How will we know it's working?

The first thing Save Me does is a detailed survey of the land to understand what is already there, so that they can preserve it. They consider any soil types, weather conditions and existing flora and fauna. They research the area to establish a way forward. They then regularly monitor and survey the wildlife on their sites, so that they understand the impact they’re having.  

By the way...

The UK has lost almost half of its nature. It is one of the world's most nature-depleted countries – the state of the UK’s nature ranks in the bottom 10% globally.

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