What is Rewilding Anyway? Episode 3: Neil Heseltine


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In the third episode of the podcast, I speak to Neil Heseltine, a farmer based at Hill Top Farm in Malham, the Yorkshire Dales.

Neil is already diversifying his farm for the benefit of wildlife, moving away from sheep to Belted Galloway cattle. Much of the talk around rewilding centres on the uplands in Britain, but what could or does this mean for the rural communities that already live and work there? Neil shares his views of this and more in the interview.


2 thoughts on “What is Rewilding Anyway? Episode 3: Neil Heseltine

  1. Excellent podcast with Neil Heseltine which demonstrates that biodiversity, farm incomes and social capital in the countryside can coexist and be mutually beneficial for all stake holders. The voice of thoughtful, quietly spoken reason that is the antidote to the shouty rewilding spin that seeks to grab its 15 minutes of fame. Hoorah!

    • Can you point me towards this ‘rewilding spin’, Sarah? All I see are people who are passionate and fed up of seeing the land mismanaged, at the expense of nature and humans. We know that they can be mutually beneficial, but how many people are actually putting this in to practice? RSPB’s report from 206 should have been a huge wake up call, but it wasn’t. How long do we wait for landowners to put the environment and biodiversity ahead of profits? Do you genuinely think people haven’t tried ‘quitely spoken reason’ to organisations like the NFU?

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