As the flora and fauna are bearing the brunt of human atrocities, going on a rewilding trip is the perfect way to explore the rarest of rare species and understand the importance of wildlife conservation. By Tanvi Jain
A large-scale conservation method aimed at restoring nature and wildlife, rewilding has now been made fun so that more and more people can be enlightened about its importance. As many areas provide breeding grounds to some of the rares species and allows free movement of animals, taking a rewilding trip to these areas is the best way to get to know these species.
Why is it important? The purpose is to make humans aware of the existence of these species and make them understand the importance of conserving them. Rapid urbanisation has resulted in the loss of vegetation. Instead of staying in fancy buildings if more and more travellers opt for these nature trips, it will help them realise the vast variety of flora and fauna, which is suffering at the cost of climate change.
1. Wildlife safaris in Knepp, England
A 3,500-acre estate south of Horsham, West Sussex, which was once farmland, is now dedicated to restoring wildlife. Rare species like turtle doves, nightingales, peregrine falcons and purple emperor butterflies can be found here. Going on a wildlife safari in Knepp means encountering one of the rarest species, which haven’t been seen around the UK for decades. For example, with their Deer Rut Safari at dusk and early mornings you can observe fallow bucks and red deer stags from a very close range. You can also cover Knepp on foot on their 16 miles long public and permissive footpaths which offers wonderful panoramas of the surrounding countryside, and a bird-hide overlooking Knepp Lake. There are also several beautiful huts in the estate where you can stay during your trip and enjoy a barbecue in the woods.
2. Bird watching in Danube Delta,Ukraine/Romania/Moldova
Already a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Danube Delta is home to 300 species of birds including cormorants, white-tailed eagles and glossy ibises, and 45 freshwater fish species in its numerous lakes and marshes. There’s also a rich community of wildcats, foxes and wolves, even an occasional boar or deer. It’s the largest wetland in Europe and the point where Danube river meets the Black Sea. Konik horses shipped from Latvia roam freely here. There are many options to explore for all the wildlife lovers, bird watchers and fishers. Their secluded beaches at Sulina and Sfântu Gheorghe, and the fish and seafood are the best in Romania. Danube River Cruise and Tulcea boat excursions are few ways to explore the Danube Delta.
3. Wildlife watching in Lapland, Sweden
Often referred to as Europe’s Alaska, this province in northernmost Sweden is home to old-growth forests, mountains, glaciers, free-flowing rivers and extensive wetlands. It stretches from the Atlantic fjords in the west over a range of mountains, vast taiga forests and marshlands, and connects with the northern part of the Baltic Sea via some of Europe’s most well-preserved river. It’s known for the Sami community who helps organise wildlife watching. Lapland is known for the abundance of big moose living together with bears, wolverines and lynx, and big reindeer herds migrating between the mountains. For accommodation, there are many exciting options like the ice hotel, tree hotel, mountain station, Ecolodge, nature camp and more.
4. Vultures of Rodopi Mountains, Bulgaria
Located at the crossroads between the European and Asian continent, it is the only breeding area for griffon vultures in Bulgaria and an important breeding site for the black vulture on the Balkan peninsula. Among the raptor species, eastern imperial eagle, saker falcon, Levant sparrowhawk, peregrine falcon and several other eagles can be found here. It’s also a stronghold for wolf, jackal, souslik and otter. Recently, the brown bear has also begun to recolonise the Rhodopes and bear watching has already become a tourist activity here. Apart from that here, you can watch raptors and large herbivores, at close distance.
So how about a one-on-one with the wild?