Wild bison released in UK for first time as part of rewilding efforts

Wild bison released in UK for first time as part of rewilding efforts

July 18, 2022 0 By bimola

Four European bison have been released into ancient woodland in Kent, where they should transform the ecosystem



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18 July 2022

european bison ( Bison bonasus )

The European bison (Bison bonasus) is being introduced to the UK

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It is a special day for Tom Gibbs, one of the UK’s first two bison rangers. Four bison are being released this morning in woodland near Canterbury, south-east England, marking the first time the huge herbivores have been introduced to the wild in the UK. This is a major milestone for proponents of rewilding UK landscapes, where wildlife and plant declines aren’t slowing.

“The job just captured my imagination,” says Gibbs when I visit the site ahead of …