The Rewilding Training: Book by Module

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Only online modules are available to book separately for now. If we have any additional spaces available on the residential modules, we will release them at a later date.

Everyone is encouraged to attend the Introduction Session, regardless of how many modules you are participating in.

Please note that the price per module decreases when booking for a larger quantity of modules. For example, a Regular Ticket for one module is £210, whereas a Regular Ticket for two modules is £394 and therefore £197 per module.

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Outline of Online Modules:

Module 1: The Context (UK Specific)

This module focuses on the context of rewilding in the UK. We will analyse the policies, politics and business models that have driven land use in this country, as well as the palaeoecology of Britain, taking a dive into what has historically shaped the UK landscape, such as the extinction of megafauna, and what our ancient ecosystems looked like. We will complete this module with an overview of rewilding, bust some common myths and establish how to make it all happen!

Facilitators: Nick Kersop Taylor (Exeter University), Rina Quinlan (Rewilding Consultant & Large Herbivore Working Group / Knepp Wildlife Safari Guide), Dominic Buscall (Wild Ken Hill) and Alastair Driver (Rewilding Specialist / Rewilding Britain)

Module 2: The State of The Land

This module focuses on ascertaining the state of the land and how to begin the planning process for a rewilding project. We will begin with observation of the land and will then utilise our time together to learn techniques for mapping, how to carry out surveys, what to do with the data collected and how to assess causes of degradation.

Facilitators: Ashleigh Brown (Ecosystem Restoration Communities), Laura Fairs (Embercombe / Devon Wildland), Mike Cooke (Ambios / Sharpham Rewilding), Alan Watson Featherstone (Ecologist / Founder of Trees for Life)

Module 5: Permissions, Human Hurdles and Social Challenges (UK Specific)

This module explores many of the social aspects of rewilding that need to be considered, such as ways of connecting with your neighbours, tips on overcoming local opposition, challenges and mindsets in terms of inclusivity, advocacy and the new systems needed for success. The module concludes with a look into how to find land to rewild.

Facilitators: Ivan de Klee (Nattergal / Knepp), Kate Morley (Exeter University / Devon Wildland / Rewilding Hill Crest), Rebecca Wrigley (Rewilding Britain), Ashleigh Brown (Ecosystem Restoration Communities), 

Module 6: Making an income from rewilding: Business Cases and Funding Streams

Our final online module focuses on how to earn an income from rewilding, looking at business cases and funding streams. We will review subsidies and agri-environment schemes, how to attract investment and alternative methods for funding rewilding projects.

Facilitators: Jack Skuse (Ambios / Sharpham Rewilding), Derek Gow (Rewilding Specialist / Rewilding Coombeshead), Dominic Buscall (Wild Ken Hill), Cain Blythe (Ecosulis, CreditNature)

Dates Module Online or Res? Topic
Introduction 2/5/23 Intro Online Introduction to ‘The Rewilding Training’ programme. Meet the facilitators.
Module 1 – The Context (UK Specific)
9/5/23 M1L1 Online Overview of rewilding: busting the myths and making it happen.
15/5/23 M1L2 Online British Historical Land Use: The Policies and Politics that has driven land use
22/5/23 M1L3 Online The Business Models that have driven land use
29/5/23 M1L4 Online Mindset, Cultures and Beliefs that have driven land use
Module 2 – The State of the Land
5/6/23 M2L1 Online Observing the land
12/6/23 M2L2 Online Mapping the land, techniques and uses
19/6/23 M2L3 Online Surveying + What to do with the data
26/6/23 M2L4 Online Assessing Causes of degradation
Module 3 – Ecological cycles and principles
13/7/23 M3L1 Residential Agents of change and natural processes
14/7/23 M3L2 Residential The principles of keystone species, succession and dynamism in the landscape
15/7/23 M3L3 Residential The principle of the soil food web. The mycelial network. Understanding ecological and nutrient cycles
16/7/23 M3L4 Residential Data Collection practical day
Module 4 – Rewilding/Restoration Techniques
21/9/23 M4L1 Residential The history and role of humans as keystone species. Can humans be regenerative?
22/9/23 M4L2 Residential The role of species reintroductions in Rewilding. Site visit to a beaver enclosure
23/9/23 M4L3 Residential Grazing herbivores/Proxy species and their (re)introduction
24/9/23 M4L4 Residential Human cycles – living cyclically
Module 5 – Permissions, human hurdles and social challenges (UK Specific)
2/10/23 M5L1 Online Connecting with your neighbours and overcoming local opposition
9/10/23 M5L2 Online Land use laws
16/10/23 M5L3 Online Finding land to rewild
23/10/23 M5L4 Online Advocacy and the new systems needed
Module 6 – Making an income from rewilding: Business Cases and Funding Streams
30/10/23 M6L1 Online Subsidies and agri-environment schemes
6/11/23 M6L2 Online Making an income from rewilding
13/11/23 M6L3 Online Attracting Investment for Rewilding
20/11/23 M6L4 Online Other methods for funding rewilding
Module 7 – Making a plan for your rewilding site
8/1/24 M7L1 Online How to Create a Rewilding Plan
15/1/24 M7L2 Online How to Create a Business Plan
20/01/24 M7L3 Residential Creating Your Rewilding Plan
21/01/24 M7L4 Residential Creating Your Business Plan

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Key information:

Please consider purchasing a Supporter Ticket if your finances allow it, to subsidise participants who can’t afford the full price.

In order to increase accessibility to our Programmes, we are delighted to offer interest-free payment plans to allow you to spread the cost of a Balance Ticket over a number of months. If you would like to utilise this option, please purchase a Deposit Ticket for the programme and then select the number of modules you are booking below to set up your personalised interest-free Payment Plan for the Balance Payment.

If your financial circumstances prevent you from participating in this event, please contact us to apply for a discounted bursary place.

Want to find out more about this programme?

Register here for access to our free introductory webinar with guest speakers Dominic Buscall from Wild Ken Hill and Cain Blythe from Ecosulis, which was recorded live on on 8 March 2023 and gives an introduction to The Rewilding Training, the UK’s first in-depth residential and online rewilding training.


Professor Alastair Driver 

Prof Alastair Driver is one of the UK’s best known conservationists and is cited in “Who’s Who” for influence and distinction in the field of environmental conservation. In May 2022 he was included in the ENDS Power List of the top 100 UK environmental professionals who have made the greatest impact in the UK over the last two years. He is one of the country’s leading proponents of rewilding and is an expert naturalist and ecologist with 44 years’ professional experience and many hundreds of conservation projects under his belt. He became the first Conservation Officer for the Thames catchment in 1984 and went on to become the National Head of Conservation for the Environment Agency for England and Wales from 2002 – 2016. 

Since Jan 2017, he has been the Director of Rewilding Britain and plays a key role in influencing government environmental policy at the highest level and establishing rewilding projects in England and Wales. Alastair was also the recipient of the world’s largest environmental award – the International Riverprize – on behalf of the Thames, in 2010 and a key member of the team which won Best in Show for their Rewilding Garden at the Royal Flower Show, Chelsea in 2022. Alastair also holds several pro bono roles, including Hon Prof at Univ of Exeter and Specialist Advisor for the National Trust. In Jan 2022 he was appointed to the inaugural Natural England Landscape Advisory Panel and is a member of the London Rewilding Task Force.

Derek Gow

Derek Gow is a farmer, nature conservationist and the author of Bringing Back the Beaver and Birds, Beasts and Bedlam. Born in Dundee in 1965, he left school when he was 17 and worked in agriculture for five years. Inspired by the writing of Gerald Durrell, he jumped at the chance to manage a European wildlife park in central Scotland in the late 1990s before moving on to develop two nature centres in England. He now lives with his children, Maysie and Kyle, on a 300-acre farm on the Devon/Cornwall border, which he is in the process of rewilding. Derek has played a significant role in the reintroduction of the Eurasian beaver, the water vole and the white stork in England. He is currently working on a reintroduction project for the wildcat and a book on our lost wolves.

Cain Blythe

Cain is a Chartered Environmentalist and member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. He has over 30 years’ relevant and practical experience in relation to planning, designing and implementing nature recovery and rewilding projects throughout the UK.  Together with Dr Paul Jepson, he has written the critically acclaimed book “Rewilding: the radical new science of ecological recovery (2020)”. He has been central to developing nature-based solutions and the role rewilding plays and is at the forefront of thought leadership on this topic. Cain is CEO of Ecosulis Ltd has contributed to the planning and delivery of hundreds of habitat creation and rewilding projects, species reintroductions (e.g. beavers in England and Wales) and ecosystem scale management strategies, including the establishment and monitoring of saltmarsh beds, wetlands and woodlands.  Cain is also CEO of CreditNature and he is currently developing a range of ecosystem metrics and financial vehicles that can fund the recovery of ecosystems on a global scale. ​Cain was recognised as one of the 100 most influential environmentalists in 2022, as well as a LinkedIn Top Green Voice, and is currently involved in the design of technologies that accelerate nature recovery. He is also helping to make rewilding an investable proposition at global scale. He spends his time partnering with tech developers, the investor community, landowners and policymakers, with the aim of delivering a wilder, more biodiverse and resilient planet. 

Alan Watson Featherstone

Alan Watson Featherstone is an ecologist, nature photographer and inspirational public speaker. In 1986 he founded the award-winning Scottish conservation charity, Trees for Life, and was its executive director for almost 30 years. During that time it became the leading organisation working to restore the Caledonian Forest in Scotland and took on ownership of the 10,000 acre Dundreggan Estate in Glenmoriston as its flagship project for native woodland recovery. Through his work with Trees for Life, Alan helped to provide the inspiration for other ecological restoration projects in the Scottish Borders, on Dartmoor in England and for the creation of the Yendegaia National Park in Tierra del Fuego, Chile. He also founded the Restoring the Earth project, to promote the restoration of the planet’s degraded ecosystems as the most important task for humanity in the 21st century.

Dominic Buscall

Dom graduated with a first-class degrees in History and Management from Durham and Imperial College London respectively, and spent five years with global strategy firm L.E.K. Consulting. In 2018, Dominic returned to the family farm, Ken Hill, and founded the Wild Ken Hill project which he now manages with Estate Director Nick Padwick. The project utilises rewilding, regenerative farming and traditional conservation land use tools across different areas of the 4,000-acre farm. Dom established the rewilding component of the project, including bringing back Beavers to Norfolk. Dom is working to bring White-tailed Eagles back to Eastern England, managing the Wild Ken Hill tourism business, and exploring ways to demonstrate the benefits of their approach to the climate and environment. Dom also leads Wild Ken Hill’s external engagements, speaking at events, to journalists and working with other organisations to explore new rewilding projects. Dom combines his business management skills and rewilding experience to bring expertise to this training course.

Mark Elliot

Mark’s love of wildlife began in childhood in Sussex – initially through a fascination with amphibians. He started his career in the 1990s as a wetland ecologist for the Environment Agency (and NRA), before becoming the Senior Natural Resources Officer for West Sussex County Council, advising on climate change and water policy.

Following a period overseas he moved to Devon, where he began working for the Wildlife Trust here in 2010. His early work with the Trust included establishing a beaver enclosure, and it was here that his interest and enthusiasm for beavers began in earnest. This meant he was well placed to manage the River Otter Beaver Trial which ran from 2015 to 2020 – England’s first licenced wild-release of beavers. Following the success of this trial, the government announced that beavers would be recognised as a native resident species again after an absence of 400 years, and be given full legal protection. Throughout his life, Mark has been fascinated by the way species benefit from natural process such as flooding and geomorphology. The philosophy behind rewilding is based on this, with the reintroduction of beavers bringing all these different strands together, and potentially providing huge benefits to many other species, as well as humans.

Laura Fairs – Embercombe’s Rewilder!

Leading on all aspects of rewilding at Devon’s leading eco-retreat she has 25 years of experience of working in nature conservation, rewilding, nature connection and engaging people in projects by building trust and finding solutions. Laura is also co-founder of the Devon Wildland initiative, a coming together of people and land across the Haldon Hills, Teign Valley and surrounding area, who are making more space for nature. The initiative is to create a network of wilder sites connected in both the physical landscape but also through people who will share experience, resources and ideas.

Jack Scuse

Jack is a Director of Ambios and is responsible for Lower Sharpham Farm, the Devon base of Ambios’ domestic training, rewilding and nature conservation programmes. He manages the land that Sharpham that is either rewilding and or used for nature friendly farming. He also manages three month trainee programmes for post graduates and career changers interested in working in nature conservation. He is also currently working on a project to reach out to landowners in the Dart Valley to encourage them and support them to rewild and restore their land.

Alana Bloom

Alana Bloom is an artist, facilitator and activist. Her work is focused on stewarding an eco-centric culture and she guides experiences for people to cultivate their relationship with the more-than-humans and their inner wild one. She works with ritual, embodiment and many practices inspired by her theatre & dance training. With her background and interests in deep nature connection, grief, archetypes and rites of passage, she supports people to remember our innate belonging, wildness and wholeness. She currently offers women’s immersions and retreats, grief rituals, courses and eco-centric mentoring.

Kate Morley

Kate Morley

Kate is a nature based facilitator who owns and manages Rewilding Hillcrest with her husband Richard. Rewilding Hillcrest is a project to ‘rewild’ a Devon family farm with a long and interesting history. In 2011, Hill Crest was sheep-grazed fields with a small wooded stream and mature hedgerows. Now it is a jumble of planted and naturally-regenerating native trees, encroaching thorny scrub and brambles, grass and wildflowers, buzzing with bees, butterflies and other insect life, full of birdsong, and home to mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Kate is also co-founder of the Devon Wildland initiative, a coming together of people and land along the Haldon ridge and surrounding area who are making space for nature to create a network of sites connected in both the physical landscape but also through people who will share experience, resources and ideas. As well as working as a nature based facilitator, Kate is currently studying part-time with the University of Exeter for a PhD: ‘Locating disability within wilder urban greenspace’; researching elements of disability justice and environmental justice.

Ashleigh Brown

Ashleigh Brown is a Co-Founder and the Education Coordinator for Ecosystem Restoration Camps, a global grassroots movement of bottom up community restoration projects. Her role as Education Coordinator involves helping to create ways in which everyday people can learn how to restore, regenerate and rewild ecosystems around the world. Embercombe is one of the projects within the ERC network.

Mike Cooke

Mike’s career in conservation spans 30 years with specialism in wildlife surveys, habitat assessment and ecological evaluation. He has worked at Ambios since 2005 and has played a central role in the development of its programmes over the last 10 years, including nature conservation and rewilding training.His training specialities include species identification, wildlife monitoring techniques, field ecology and ecological restoration approaches.

Elliott Fairs

Elliott Fairs is an ecologist, mycologist, land manager, smallholder and hedgelayer! Elliott has spent 20 years working for the Wildlife Trusts and National Trust before moving to Devon where he now focuses his time on improving his local landscape for wildlife. He gives farm advice to help local farmers and landowners get into environmental stewardship agreements, loves laying hedges to improve hedgerow biodiversity as well as leads walks and talks on climate action, fungi and wildlife. Elliott still oversees the conservation wildlife management of part of the Thames Basin Heaths SPA, is a wildlife warden and founding member of the Teign Climate Hub.