Geography KS3 & 4: Rewilding

Faith, a student from Tyneside, looks at the pros and cons of rewilding, and investigates plans to reintroduce the lynx into parts of Kielder Forest for the first time in 1,300 years.

First faith talks to a representative of the Lynx Trust and then travels to Kielder Forest to see it for herself.

She is initially very positive about the prospect of seeing lynx running wild in the forest again.

Then, Faith visits local farmers who are concerned about the threat to their livestock.

She also meets tourists and local residents and business people who are positive about the return of the lynx.

Finally, she tells us the conclusion she has reached.

This clip is from the series Geography: The Big Issues.

Teacher Notes

This could be used to set up a class investigation into other types of rewilding in the UK and other parts of the world.

Students could write a list of positive and negative points for rewilding.

Students could then research other examples of rewilding around the world and compare these projects with re-introducing the lynx.

Students could then present their findings.

This might then lead to a debate about conservation projects like this.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography at Key Stage 3 and 4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 3rd and 4th Level (S1/S2/S3) in Scotland.

More from the series Geography: The Big Issues

Geography KS3/4: Using the greenbelt
Geography KS3/4: Fracking
Geography KS3/4: Intensive farming