Introduction HistoryLegal Obligations ProblemsWolf Case Study


Cultural Benefits

Heroic species are a symbol of the countryside and our natural heritage.

Our duty to restore the damage done by human actions and replace lost species.

"We have a moral and ethical obligation to reverse the degradation of the past" (Trees for Life, 2002)

Economic Benefits Reintroducing species will increase tourism by encouraging visitors to the area bringing benefits to the local economies.

Wolves and other "dangerous" species may in particular attract visitors.

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Ecological Benefits

Many species play a vital role in the maintenance of ecosystems.

Enhancing species diversity, developing habitats and as predators.

As predators species encourage the healthy growth of prey populations.

For example wolves if reintroduced could reduce the red deer population and promote the restoration of native pinewoods (Spinney, 1995).

Wild Boar
Promote the long-term survival of species particularly important for species currently in danger or under threat from ecological or human pressures.

May be accompanied by restoration of suitable habitats e.g. expanding areas of riparian woodland in conjunction with the reintroduction of beavers (Trees for Life, 2002)

Beavers (SNH, 2002) Benefits to Riparian ecosystems

Felling trees for dams provides a natural coppicing process

Beaver ponds increase aquatic vegetation providing a food source for fish, amphibians, birds and other species higher up the food chain e.g. otters and herons

Beaver dams and ponds create a habitat for nesting birds.

Improve the quality of the rivers through self purification and decreasing the water flow.


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