The Politics of Rewilding in an Ex-Mining Working Forest

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This research project explores the politics of rewilding in the Forest of Dean from 1965, when the last coal mine shut down in the area, to the present day. Memory and change in the local cultural imagination is heavily investigated, especially the importance of mining, exploring relationships between labour and ecology. ‘Rewilding’ is a highly contested term due to the variety of approaches that can be implemented. In this context, it is used to mean any intentional or unintentional re-introduction of locally extinct or threatened species of flora and fauna. The controversial nature of certain instances of rewilding is investigated, such as the introduction of wild boar to the Forest in the late 1990s. Local people’s conceptualisations of the local character of the Forest rely heavily on their understanding of ‘wildness’ and what flora and fauna does or does not inherently belong there. To explore these understandings, semi-structured interviews will be undertaken with local stakeholders such as estate managers, farmers, residents, members of local government, those working for NGOs (such as Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust), and members of local organisations. This project is supervised by Professor Peter Coates and Dr Marianna Dudley.
Effective start/end date26/09/2130/09/22


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