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

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


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 …

source: newscientist.com