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.


56%: Practical (Fieldwork, Practical)
44%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Report)

Contact hours and workload

We’re currently reviewing contact hours for modules and will update with further information as soon as it is available.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: