We had a fascinating and thought-provoking presentation by Keith Kirby on how British conservation organisations view the topic of rewilding. The presentation can be downloaded here. It highlighted the practical and legislative challenges to rewilding the British landscape, and examples of early rewilding projects. This idea is gaining some momentum and sympathy in the Oxford scientific community - we'll be having several discussions on this in the next few months and a major conference ("Megafauna and Ecosystem Function: From the Pleistocene to the Anthropocene") in March 2014.
Yadvinder Malhi is an ecosytem ecologist and Professor of Ecosystem Science at Oxford University