Alongside habitat restoration, the native animals will be reintroduced as far as practical. We do not expect to see bears and wolves in the Cambrian Mountains for the foreseeable future, but there are many other missing species that should be part of the wildwood. While bird species can migrate back to the area when conditions are favourable, most mammal species need some help.
The books, Beyond Conservation: a wildland strategy and Feral: Searching for enchantment on the frontiers of rewilding both contain excellent chapters on bringing back our native animals.
The following species are some of those native animals not present in this part of the Cambrians that we would expect to see in a rewilded landscape:
- Water vole (Arvicola terrestris)
- Mountain hare (Lepus timidus subsp. Scoticus)
- Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus)
- Red deer (Cervus elaphus) – needs big area
- Wild horse – Exmoor pony is probably the most suitable breed and a close relative of the extinct tarpan
- Wild cattle – Heck cattle are the nearest breed to the extinct aurochs
- Moose (Alces alces) – study required to confirm suitability of habitat
- Wisent (European bison) (Bison bonasus) – study required to confirm suitability of habitat
- Beaver (Castor fiber)
- Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)
- Wild boar (Sus scrofa) – needs big area
- Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
- White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)
- Pine marten (Martes martes)
- Wild cat (Felis silvestris)
- Lynx (Lynx lynx) – requires government programme
There is a rich native fauna of this land, but the current range of species present is very impoverished. It is now time to start bringing back some of this wildlife to limited areas.