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This workshop is specifically for landowners, estate managers and farmers who manage 200 acres or more and are interested in exploring rewilding. Rewilding at this level is about dynamic natural processes. It requires scale as it involves free-roaming animals living outside all year round with no supplementary feeding. Managers of smaller areas may be interested in our Rewilding Smaller Scale Workshop. Private groups, ‘farm clusters’, NGOs and Wildlife Trusts may prefer to organise a Private visit.

The day will begin with a 45-minute presentation on Knepp Wildland by the owner, Charlie Burrell, detailing the underlying principles of rewilding and how the project at Knepp works. Charlie will also present his vision for lowland Britain showing how rewilding and regenerative agriculture can work together to restore ecosystems and reconnect the landscape.

This will be followed by a two-hour walking safari with Charlie, encountering Knepp’s herds of cattle, ponies, pigs, and red and fallow deer, discussing how they are managed and how they create habitat and biodiversity. Stopping at places of interest, you will learn about the dynamics of self-generating wood pasture and the theories of Dutch ecologist Frans Vera whose ground-breaking work on free-roaming herbivores underpins the Knepp project.

After a ploughman’s lunch back at the Granary, the afternoon session includes a financial presentation by Knepp’s land agent Jason Emrich who will compare the estate’s landholding with other farming businesses and discuss the various income streams underpinning the rewilding project: commodity sales, subsidies, agri-environment payments, re-use of farm infrastructure, eco-tourism and meat processing.

Knepp’s rewilding consultant, Ivan de Klee, will then expand on Knepp’s approach to natural capital, ecosystem services and other potential opportunities for rewilding, as well as our preparations to get “natural capital ready”, how we see the government’s Environmental Land Management scheme (ELM) developing and our thoughts on biodiversity net gain and carbon payments.

For the final Q&A session, a senior Natural England officer will help answer specific queries relating to agri-environmental policy.

This is a walking safari, at a gentle pace, with frequent stops for discussion and wildlife watching. You’ll need a moderate level of fitness and be able to cope with walking on uneven ground.

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Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund or alternative date for your safari booking. We also cannot guarantee the great British weather, or that you will see your target species. Nature is unpredictable! However we’re confident you’ll enjoy your experience with us, come rain or shine, and there’s always plenty of wildlife to see. Our safaris are suitable only for children of 12 and over.