Below are the presentations and webinars that we’ve delivered to date.

eDNA: working together to scale up the measurement of nature

This webinar was recorded on Tuesday 10th October, 2021, and is presented by Ian Taylor of NatureMetrics.

eDNA is a powerful tool. We can do more than measure a handful of species. By adding eDNA to the toolbox, we can improve biodiversity data collection at scale. Ian has been a marine biologist, field guide and lecturer in behavioural ecology and biodiversity. He has aligned national curriculum with the United Nations SDG’s and understands the power of collaboration. He has extensive experience working with NGO’s and ethical businesses (B Corporations). He represents NatureMetrics’ conservation business development team and works to introduce DNA-based methods to clients here in the UK.

Huge thanks to Ian from all at the Yorkshire Rewilding Network!

Please note that a minor technical glitch means that it starts a little suddenly but only a minute or so into Ian’s presentation.

In praise of ponds

This webinar was recorded on Wednesday 26th May, 2021, and is presented by Rick Battarbee. Rick is a Freshwater Ecologist, Emeritus Professor of Environment Change at University College London and former Director of the UCL Environmental Change Research Centre. In retirement he lives in Addingham, West Yorkshire and co-ordinates the work of the Addingham Environment Group that was formed in 2016.

Ponds are exceptionally important habitats for wildlife. They are home to a wide variety of plants, invertebrates and amphibians. Sadly, very many ponds have been lost from the landscape and others are in poor condition, but there are now programmes that aim both to restore old ponds and create new ones. Creating garden wildlife ponds is becoming increasingly popular.

In this presentation, Rick talks about both pond restoration and creation and some of the methods used in their restoration and establishment, and provides some examples from Addingham Environment Group’s work to create wildlife ponds in local gardens and allotments.

Thank you, Rick, from the Yorkshire Rewilding Network!

Rewilding Yorkshire with native livestock and equines

This webinar was recorded on Monday 26th April, 2021, and is presented by Christopher Price, Chief Executive of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. He has a longstanding interest in ecological restoration, particularly through the use of grazing animals.

Rewilders are well aware of the role that grazing animals can have in restoring habitats, but the diversity between the various breeds of grazing animal is often under appreciated. In this talk, Christopher Price discusses the varied attributes of the different animals and what factors to consider when selecting the most appropriate.

Thank you, Christopher, from everyone in the Yorkshire Rewilding Network!

How we ‘Make it Wild’ – a personal perspective

This webinar was recorded on Tuesday 30th March, 2021, and is presented by Helen and Christopher Neave who share some of the lessons they’ve learnt in their personal experience of giving land back to nature over the past 10 years. They touch on tree planting, pond digging, grant applications, and more as they reflect on their experience of rewilding.

Helen and Christopher – huge thanks from the whole YRN!

The Natural Capital Laboratory – Rewilding plans and measuring progress with digital techniques and a “Natural Capital Accounting” approach – 24th February, 2021

This webinar was recorded on Wednesday 24th February, 2021, and is a presentation by Erin Gianferrara and Sally Hawkins about how the Natural Capital Laboratory in the Scottish Highlands is progressing its rewilding ambitions through social, ecological, and digital techniques. This presentation should appeal to anyone interested in measuring changes to biodiversity and the values of natural capital and ecosystem service flows that result from rewilding projects.

Erin is an Environmental Economist at AECOM with a background in natural capital accounting, nature-based solutions, and ecosystem service assessments. She is currently the technical lead for AECOM’s Natural Capital Laboratory, and is passionate about exploring the use of advanced technologies in rewilding and conservation.

Sally is a trustee of the Lifescape Project and a PhD student at the University of Cumbria where she is using interdisciplinary approaches to develop a social-ecological framework for rewilding. She is a member of the IUCN CEM Rewilding Task Force who recently developed a globally recognised definition and principles for rewilding.

A big thank you to Erin and Sally from the YRN!

The session starts at around 5 mins 10 seconds into the video and lasts for about 55 minutes, includes a question and answer session at the end.

Rewilding: where to start – 20th January, 2021

Here’s our guide to “Rewilding: where to start” that was presented on 20th January. Please use the arrows to step through it.


Rewilding in an agricultural landscape – 15th December, 2020

This webinar was recorded on Monday 15th December and is a presentation by Toni Beardsall based on her recent MSc project, which focused on how English farmers and land owners view the social impacts of rewilding. Toni is particularly interested in exploring the ways in which rewilding can contribute to the wellbeing of individuals and communities, whilst reversing biodiversity decline. Her thesis was part of a collaborative project between Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge and Sussex Universities.

The session starts at around 2 mins 50 seconds into the video and lasts for about 50 minutes, includes a question and answer session at the end.

Biodiversity impacts of beaver and pine marten reintroductions – 20th October, 2020

This webinar was recorded on Tuesday 20th October and is a presentation by Sara King of Rewilding Britain about the biodiversity impacts of beaver and pine marten reintroductions. It was jointly organised with Wharfedale Naturalists’ Society.

The talk starts at around 2 mins 30 seconds and lasts for about an hour and includes a question and answer session at the end.