Created by students
for students
and the environment


Created by students
for students
and the environment

What is The Open Wilding Project?

The Open Wilding Project is the future of (re)wilding. We restore and develop spaces to help them thrive again, providing a haven for nature in the interest of the environment and science. With science and knowledge as our foundation, The Open Wilding Project provides opportunity for students in the environmental and health sciences to gain valuable field experience in a new, innovative conservation project, and to use for future study and research.

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The future of conservation and wilding


Nature is complex and we replicate this in our approach. We evaluate the area and its potential in terms of biodiversity, providing support across all levels, from top predators to producers. We don’t have end goals, but instead, work on a constantly changing trajectory, identifying the complex patterns of ecosystems such as climate change and its effects on wildlife. We encourage predation, natural succession and support species that are threatened.

Scientific Study

The foundations of The Open Wilding Project are within our scientific approach. We are formed of students, specialists and advisors in the environmental and health sciences and invite students within these fields to join us as members. This combined knowledge and experience ensures that not only do we support the environment in the best possible way, but also use it to help lead future conservation practices.


We believe that humans belong with nature, and so we encourage community use in designated areas within our spaces. We aim to work with local schools and care homes under our OWLS (Open Wilding Littles & Seniors) initiative, provide access to fruits and vegetables from our food forests and teach from our outdoor classrooms and designated learning paths. We’re helping to reconnect humanity with nature. We will provide eyes through our trail-cams and update local communities on the benefits of the project, working together to better the environment.

Are you a student in
the environmental
or health sciences

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What land do
you protect?

The land we select is determined by many factors to ensure that the project is successful for wildlife, the community and for science.

We consider all of the UK and spaces where we can make a difference. The final decision is made by vote among all of those who hold a voting membership with the project.

What species do
you support?

We support all of nature and consider the best approach on a per area basis, as nature is complex, it requires flexibility and care.

The UK Priority List helps govern our decisions and we work to ensure we support ‘key’ species and those that are endangered as well as abundant.

Partner and collaborate with us

Work with us to create a haven for wildlife and support the future of conservation.

We look to partner with companies that share our ethos and values, supporting green initiatives and sustainable practices as well as the sciences that guide them. As a partner, we foster mutually beneficial relationships and value your impact in our work. We offer alliance with an innovative and progressive CIC, recognition, and assistance in developing a greener, more ethical company. We want to know what your goals are and find a way to work together, get in touch today.

Voting Membership Pricing

Do you want to gain valuable field experience, become a part of a community of
student scientists and help the environment? Sign up now.


£4 /mo

The same price as a cup of coffee


  • Voting membership within The Open Wilding Project
  • Access to the exclusive Open Wilding Student Network
  • Access to field experience opportunities and placements
  • Potential to assist in research with UK organisations
  • Log your hours and gain experience hours certificates!
  • Like-minded, collaborative community of students
  • Take part in the rota committee
  • Use of the Open Wilding Sites for research and experience
  • Be a part of the future of conservation

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Supported Species

Hazel Dormouse

Scientific Name: Muscardinus avellanarius - Conservation Status - Protected

The dormouse is widespread, however populations will decline with furthur degradation of habitat through farming and urbanisation. A charismatic creature, the Hazel Dormouse is a quiet, often unseen mammal where it spends most of its time sleeping in tree hollows or abandoned nests. They require and support a variety of shrubs and spaces that are shared by other important species and are protected by law under the UK wildlife and countryside Act, 1981. You can support the Hazel Dormouse through supporting our project and subscribing to our newsletter for updates.

Supported Species

Eurasian Otter

Scientific Name: Lutra lutra – Conservation Status – Near threatened, Protected.

The Eurasian Otter lives in a wide variety of aquatic habitats across Europe, and favours lowland lakes, streams and rivers where fish, their food source, are abundant. Preferring corridors among tree roots, and areas facing both water and land where they can select from a range of prey they are susceptible to deforestation and removal of bank side vegetation. Other major threats to the Otter include human hunting for pelts and changes to their water systems and forests from human encroachment. In the UK, the Eurasian Otter is protected by law, and conservation action, such as The Open Wilding Project is required to support this increasingly threatened species.

Supported Species

Aquatic Warbler

Scientific Name: Acrocephalus paludicola – Conservation Status – Vulnerable, Protected.

The Aquatic Warbler is a migrant visitor to the southern coast of the UK where it rests on its route to breed in Poland and so is considered native to the UK. This species Is vulnerable, following the destruction of much of their habitat even with conservation development, the species faces likely extinction. A stunning visitor, the Aquatic Warbler prefers reedbeds and near coastal areas, feeding on caterpillars and spiders. Help support and protect the Warbler from extinction by supporting The Open Wilding Project.

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