A metal deer target in a plantation in Glen Feshie in the Scottish Highlands. This flag ship site for rewilding has bounced back after deer numbers were reduced from 45 to 2 deer/km2 to allow natural regeneration of trees on the bare moorland. The 'granny' Scots Pine trees, some over 260 years old, were assumed to be unable to form viable seeds but have confounded expectations.
The UK rewilding movement draws together diverse groups with a long term vision for wilder cities and landscapes.
Scotland's forests cover 19% of it land surface, the highest of the four nations that comprise the United Kingdom, but as a whole the U.K. is one of the least forested in Europe at 13% compared to an average of 38% across the E.U. The Scottish Rewilding Alliance has called for the Scottish Government to declare the world's first Rewilding Nation before the COP26 Summit in Glasgow in November 2021 with the aim to set aside 30% of land for rewilding by 2030.