Research into spontaneous rewilding through the wolf in cultural landscapes of Northwestern Europe

Since 2016 the Rewilding Foundation has been studying the spectacular come-back of the wolf (Canis lupus) in the modern cultural landscapes of Northwestern Europe, in particular western Germany and the Netherlands. The field research focusses on gaining practical insight from ecological aspects of wolf settlement in semi-natural landscapes and sociological dimensions within the wolves & people relationship; in order to improve the latter. Furthermore, the return of the wolf as a spontaneous rewilding agent or ambassador together with land-use and demographic changes in parts of Europe provides incentive for a renewed and ecological sustainable approach to landscape and nature conservation, more according to the three C-rewilding model.

A first account of this study is given in an article for the rewilding magazine ECOS.

Wolves as ambassadors for rewilding in modern European landscapes? (photo by Erwin van Maanen).

The foundation’s wolf research activities have been translated into public education on the return of the wolf through a long series of public seminars and a wolf forum on facebook.