This workshop is specifically for farmers and smallholders with around 150 acres or less who are interested in exploring rewilding. Rewilding is about trying to establish dynamic natural processes, but this need not deter smallholders. Many of the principles behind the Knepp project can be applied at smaller scale, with different systems of management. Managers of smaller areas may also be interested in the idea of ‘farm clusters’ whereby neighbouring land managers club together to enable landscape-scale restoration.
The day will begin with a 45 minute presentation by Tony Whitbread, landscape ecologist and president of the Sussex Wildlife Trust, detailing the underlying principles of rewilding, how the project at Knepp works and how this could be applied in smaller areas.
This will be followed by a 2 hour walking safari, encountering Knepp’s herds of longhorn cattle, Exmoor ponies, Tamworth pigs, and red and fallow deer, discussing how they are managed and how they create habitats and biodiversity in the landscape. 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, as well as the concept of natural capital and eco-system services.
After a ploughman’s lunch back at the Granary, the afternoon session will begin with a presentation on how we might replicate the natural processes we’ve just seen on safari but at a smaller scale. Laurie Jackson, an experienced landowner advisor and Knepp guide, will lead this session with time for asking questions and exploring in further detail the part rewilding might play in the management of your land.
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.
£NaN per person
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.