Grassroots wilding in the UK
Bringing nature back - together
We're a small organisation focused on accelerating the wilding of Britain by bringing together landowners, local wildlife experts, volunteers and anyone with a will to wild to facilitate wilding projects of all shapes and sizes across the UK.
Join the wilding movement
Whether you have a parcel of land, time to commit to the cause, knowledge that could help with wilding, or an idea for a wilding enterprise, we would love to hear from you.
Youngwilders exists to connect people across Britain who share a vision for thriving nature alongside sustainable nature-based economies. We passionately believe that together we can pool the resources, knowledge and will to make a lasting positive impact on Britain's ecology.
Britain's Ailing Ecology
Traditional biodiversity conservation has achieved some outstanding successes in protecting nature in the UK.
Yet we still face what is now widely recognised as an ecological crisis - the State of Nature 2019 report found the UK to be amongst the most nature-depleted countries in the world.
Since 1970, 41% of UK species declined and at least 15% are now threatened with extinction. For us, it seems clear that our practices need to change a great deal to turn the tables on this ecological tragedy.
Our vision is optimistic.
We aren’t trying to just protect ‘what’s left’, or to fence nature away from people. The solution we favour is an increase in wilder places of all sizes, and many more people invested in their creation, care and enjoyment.
Our story in brief
The excellent work of wilding advocates and organisations in the UK has whipped up huge public support for wilding in recent years. What we feel is missing from the current wilding landscape is ideas about how best to harness this momentum and facilitate the wilding acceleration it promises. Four friends with a passion for nature decided this was an issue they might have the solution for and so youngwilders was born.
"Nature always wears the colour of the spirit."