Rewilding Apennines now offers the opportunity to personally contribute to rewilding through a pratical and immersive programme with the team in the Central Apennines!
Upcoming: Rewilding Weekend 7-8 October 2023
A weekend dedicated to natural paradises, fauna and typical cuisine.
We will explore together the “Zompo dello Schioppo” nature reserve, with its wonderful waterfalls, and the ruins of Morino Vecchio. We will get to know more about the wild animals that inhabit the central Apennines thanks to the analysis of some camera traps, and we will spend the night in close contact with nature, sleeping in a refuge after a dinner based on local products.
The next Rewilding Weekend will be held October 7-8. We still have some spots available! Click below for more information on the program, or sign up by clicking on the registration form!
Rewilding Experiences: the best way to discover rewilding
What is the best way to discover rewilding if not to live it yourself, experiencing it in the field, through a programme specifically designed to connect you with a wild landscape and it’s local communities.
Our Rewilding Experiences offer you the opportunity to explore the Central Apennines rewilding landscape, to meet with people who live in the ecological corridors and deal daily with wildlife coexistence, to help the team with practical rewilding actions, and to support the economy of small but fascinating Apennine villages.
The aim of the programme
Through this special programme, we aim to increase people’s awareness about rewilding principles, to amplify the rewilding movement both in Italy and abroad by offering opportunities for personal growth and learning-by-doing, and to support the rewilding actions in Central Apennines thanks to the Bear Fund.
Our Rewilding Experiences are not meant to generate profit, but rather to inspire people to participate in a cultural changing process in which the protection of natural resources and ecosystem restoration are at the core of daily life in the local communities.
Our local partners help to make these Experiences possible.
What to expect during the Rewilding Experiences
Join some of our rewilding actions in order to experience what rewilding means and directly contribute to wildlife conservation.
IMMERSION INTO THE WILD
Walk into the wild mountains of Central Apennines, observe wildlife and their signs of presence.
MEETING WITH LOCAL PRODUCERS
Meet and exchange with the communities that daily coexist with wildlife.
Learn about wildlife monitoring, key species biology and ecology, coexistence with wildlife, rewilding challenges and strategy.
You’ll be helping to protect some of the most iconic wildlife species of the Central Apennines:
directly in wildlife conservation actions and rewilding by joining our team during their work on the ground.
about the key concepts of rewilding, wildlife conservation and coexistence from experts and practicioners and the local people who experience it.
our work economically, as all money raised will support coexistence actions through the Bear Fund, as well as local initiatives acting responsibly in the landscape.
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Experiences for organizations
REWILDING FOR PARTNERS
Format & content to be adjusted
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Journey through the ecological corridors
The Rewilding Experiences are set in the ecological corridors of the Central Apennines rewilding landscape. Here, the team’s commitment focuses on nature restoration and more specific, monitoring and conservation of species and habitats. We cooperate with local institutions and communities in order to promote shared initiativesto spread the concept of human-wildlife coexistence. Bringing ecosystems back in balance and making people participate in the benefits derived from this, is one of the objectives we want to share with everyone who believes that this is a priority mission for our wellbeing and quality of life.
The ecological corridors where we work and that connect the main protected areas are defined as “coexistence corridors”. They are crucial areas for the survival and movement of species such as the Marsican brown bear, the Apennine wolf, red deer, roe deer, wild boar, wildcat, griffon vulture, golden eagle and many others.
The Rewilding Experiences are carried out following a calendar that is defined by the Rewilding Apennines team. Every season is characterised by different available activities and priorities.
Each experience is built in order to fit in with the work of the Field Officers, who daily work on the ground on conservation and coexistence measures. The succession of the seasons, the changing elements of the landscape, the alternation of human activities linked to nature determine the priorities in the field, which in turn will be reflected in the initiatives shared during the Rewilding Experiences. Therefore, flexibility and adaptability to different situations are requisites required to the participants.
For example, it might be possible to:
- participate in wild fauna monitoring with sunrise or sunset observations, or through the usage of camera traps accompanied by a short training course;
- contribute to environmental restoration by removing small illegal dumps, or abandoned barbed wire in the mountains that today remains an obstacle in the landscape for animal movements (humans included);
- improve habitat quality by pruning the abandoned fruit orchards that are far from the towns, in order to increase the food availability for the bear and other species;
- install electric fences and bear-proof metal doors as mitigation measures against bear’s damage to small farms, to support coexistence;
- meet the human protagonists from the ecological corridors and learn their coexistence stories: residents, small entrepreneurs, students and volunteers;
- explore the Apennine landscapes with all your senses and explore spectacular places of natural and cultural-historical interest in order to bring back an unforgettable postcard of this experience!
The Field Officers of Rewilding Apennines work daily in the field. Some fieldwork moments:
“We need to rewild the world” Sir. David Attenborough, the famous English popularizer and naturalist, has said with strength and convincement, after decades of observing the drift of natural processes all over the world because of human impact, with serious consequences for biodiversity and our species as well.
As Rewilding Apennines we do our part to fulfill this mission and we’re daily committed to defend our natural resources from excessive exploitation and shorten the distance between the man and wild nature. If you want to discover up close how we do this, the Rewilding Weeks are the programme for you!