Bison grazing (Amanda Fegan)

Bison grazing (Amanda Fegan)

Introduction to Wilding

Location: Tyland Barn, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BD
An introductory course to the principles of wilding. Looking at the real world considerations needed when planning this type of work.

Event details

Meeting point

Training Room at Tyland Barn


1:30pm - 4:30pm
A static map of Introduction to Wilding

About the event

A half-day session where we will introduce the concepts of wilding. This course should enable attendees to understand the wilding spectrum and the pros and cons of a natural processes led approach and to begin to understand the questions that need to be asked when planning a wilding project at different scales.

We will start with a brief history of the wilding concept and will look at some example projects such as Yellowstone Park and Oostvaardersplassen.   There will then be a group exercise where we design a wilding project on a theoretical site.

We will then look at the UK context and discuss the limitations  e.g. legislation, culture, space, land-use and then revisit the maps created earlier to develop them further with additional external factors such as dense population, roads, cultural monument and farmland.

There will be a brief introduction to the idea of species reintroductions and where they fit in and then a discussion of the Kent Wildlife trust approach and what would need to be thought of in this context .

Suitable for, landowners, site managers, wildlife enthusiasts, general public

Led by Stan Smith, Wilder Landscapes Manager and Amanda Fegan and Kirsty Swinnerton, Wilding Ecologists at Kent Wildlife Trust.


Phone number

01622 662012


Standard fee: £17.50 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £2.50 off.

Suitable for


Know before you go


Guide dogs only


This study day is classroom based.

Wheelchair access

All the public areas at Tyland Barn have wheelchair access.

What to bring

Nothing is needed but you may wish to bring a notepad and pen/pencil and a drink (visitor centre may be closed).


Picnic area
Disabled toilet
Baby changing facilities

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012