Understanding Native, Invasive, and Non-Native Species in Ecosystem

A tree photographed from below, showing its bark and green leaves on top in front of a blue sky.

Welcome to our ‘Bits&Species’ blog series, where we delve into the Western European flora and fauna to provide you with a better understanding of the natural world that surrounds you. Ecosystems, which are highly interconnected, can be significantly affected by even small changes, such as the introduction of a new species. This often results in a loss of biodiversity and weakens the ecosystems. To address ecosystem and biodiversity loss, it is crucial to distinguish which species are native to a habitat and which may pose a threat to it. In this post, we aim to offer insights into the terms native, invasive, and non-native, which are fundamental in the field of biology for describing the origin and impact of species within specific ecosystems.

Make Your Garden Winter-Ready, Rewilding Style

Brown and red leaves in the air - appearing to be falling down.

Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the last warm sunlight before the long winter. It’s also the ideal moment to prepare your garden for the cold season. Here are some tips on how to get your garden winter-ready, rewilding style.

Bits&Species: The Power of Keystone Species

Keystone species can change the development of a whole ecosystem. Find out why they’re so essential in rewilding – and some examples you might not have thought about being keystones in ecology.

Rewilding action at Quinta Messejana

We successfully did our first rewilding action in collaboration with Quinta da Messejana, and the response was overwhelming! Join in our first Vlog and get a peek behind the scenes of the rewilding action, as well as all the ins and outs of the project.

Rewild your life #2 How to build a Bug Hotel

Small urban spaces, like gardens, play a crucial role in the success of rewilding. To support small-scale rewilding, Sylvester has started collecting interventions that turn your small space into a rewilding oasis, helping connect rewilding areas and species. Let’s dive into the first intervention: building a bug hotel.

On rewilding the mind

Yellow rays break the dancing surface of the Atlantic ocean. A school of sardines anxiously hushes through the curtain of the afternoon light. Time and time again these moments leave me mesmerised by how brilliant, how unimaginably creative, diverse and beautifully chaotic the natural world is. And yet it makes me wonder how much bigger, more diverse and frequent these events must have been 100, 500 or even 2000 years ago!

Rewild your life #1 Podcast recommendations

There are numerous small actions that everyone can undertake today to add a touch of wilderness to their lives. To get inspired here are a few podcasts that dive deep into the topic of rewilding and fill you with excitement through captivating stories of rewilding initiatives across the globe.

The Core principles of rewilding

To align and facilitate rewilding efforts, practitioners all over Europe have decided on ten core principles that also we at Sylvester aim to follow. All principles are equally important and are at the core of our efforts.

What is rewilding?

At Sylvester we want to create more wilderness across Europe using the method of rewilding – but what exactly is rewilding and how does it work? In this blog post we give you all the ins and outs on rewilding.

Happy Earth Day! Rewild Your Everyday Life!

Today, we are celebrating Earth Day. But Earth Day is not just for today, it’s for every day. We want to share three ideas with you on how to celebrate our planet all year round.

The importance of fungi for the environment

As we speak, fungi are making soil, producing food, making medicines, nourishing and killing animals and plants, influencing the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere. As you’ll learn in this article, they can stretch out for miles, glow in the dark and communicate with each other.

Wildtokens Explained

WildTokens are your ticket to the European rewilding movement and you can get them through us, of course. But what exactly is a Token? What can you do with it and what makes our Tokens so wild?

The Fortune of the Commons

With these principles in mind and the vision that natural spaces should be sustainably governed, taken care of and providing value to all stakeholders, we at Sylvester aim to create strong communities around our rewilding plots, offering a fair, local and sustainable way forward for climate protection.

Our approach to rewilding

Here at Sylvester transparency is one of our core values, but as a wise saying goes “communication is not key, its comprehension”. Therefore, we would like to take the time and explain the whats, hows and whys of our plans in this blog. Today we want to start explaining what we envision when we refer to rewilding our plots.

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