Friends of the New Forest and re-wilding

The Friends of the New Forest have arranged a special evening at Lyndhurst Community Centre on 21 February 2019 with a talk by Sir Charles Burrell. He has re-wilded his Knepp Estate in West Sussex, where as a result the breeding populations of Turtle Dove, Nightingale and Purple Emperor are the highest in the country! The talk will be followed by a question and answer session discussing the relevance of re-wilding to the New Forest.

What does ‘rewilding’ mean? Is it much more than just beavers, lynx, cranes and red squirrels? How are the New Forest Pine Martens doing as newcomers? Has it any place in a landscape maintained by free-roaming livestock? It'll be worth finding out!