Rewilding and Ecosystem Services (833C1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

Rewilding is emerging as an optimistic agenda in conservation biology that seeks to reverse the decline in biodiversity by restoring natural processes, typically through the reintroduction of missing keystone species.

Rewilding gained global recognition when it was suggested that these keystone species should include the missing late Quaternary megafauna, but it is still an emerging field that is encouraging innovation and exploration of ideas.

This module explores the theory that underpins rewilding covering Pleistocene and Holocene baselines, natural process function, trophic cascades, and keystone species. It then considers the process and application of rewilding to deliver ecological and social benefits.


46%: Practical (Fieldwork, Practical)
54%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 61 hours of contact time and 89 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.