What has the Explore – Rewilding Britain partnership achieved in the last 12 months?
Rewilding Britain depends entirely on voluntary donations to do our work; so Explore's donations have been a lifeline! Explore has already given over £15,000, thanks to the simple act of adding a donation per individual booking. That's an amazing figure considering much of this was donated during covid lockdowns and reduced travel. Over the last year of the partnership we've achieved some incredible things, but one stand out is the growth of our Rewilding Network to almost 900 members. That means new rewilding initiatives of all shapes and sizes across Britain - from coastal community projects to ex-grouse moors to farm clusters - can access the tools they need to catalyse their rewilding journey, including events, webinars and connections to other rewilders. Our research of some of the network projects has shown a 65% increase in jobs thanks to rewilding!
But this partnership is so much more than a financial relationship; it's really a collaboration. Explore plays a really important role in promoting our work and campaigns, telling the story of how rewilding can benefit so many places and communities. We're now exploring together how the incredible rewilding projects we're working with could be integrated into Explore’s UK trips in the UK, and how Explore staff can get involved more proactively in their local areas.
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