Environmental news of the month: June

European bison roam Portugal once more and help capture and store atmospheric carbon in Romania, Welsh seagrass nursery flourishes, Curlew chicks return in Fota Island, Nature unveils a stunning Highland restoration, and a New Ally against Big Oil!

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In this monthly update, we want to continue to spread positive climate news. Reading the news and learning about all that goes wrong in the world can be such a paralyzing experience. Thinking positively is what encourages action, so we want to share them with you to cultivate the right mindset for much needed action. This good news will not only include rewilding and nature conservation, but every step towards a more sustainable, greener future. Here are our good news of the month:

European Bison Roam Portugal for the First Time

herd of bisons in nature.

Exciting news from Portugal! For the first time ever, a herd of eight European bison arrived in Herdade do Vale Feitoso Estate in Portugal. This rewilding milestone not only boosts biodiversity but also promotes nature-based tourism. The majestic bison will help manage vegetation and create habitats for other species, offering a fantastic blend of ecological and community benefits. Portugal’s natural landscape just got a lot wilder and more wonderful! Read more about the ecological benefits of Bison here. For more details on the introduction head over to Rewilding Europes website.

Romanian Bison Boost Carbon Removal

In Romania, the established European bison population is making a significant impact in the fight against climate change. By grazing and disturbing the soil, these bison stimulate plant growth and enhance carbon sequestration. This not only improves biodiversity but also showcases the bison’s role in mitigating climate change. Romania’s rewilding efforts are proving how nature can help us combat global warming. Read more about the Bisons carbon superpower here. 

Welsh Seagrass Nursery Revives Marine Meadows

seagrass below the surface


At the same time, all the way across Europe a groundbreaking Welsh project aims to create the world’s largest seagrass nursery to restore marine meadows. These underwater meadows are vital for marine life and incredibly efficient at capturing carbon. By reviving seagrass habitats, Wales is enhancing biodiversity and contributing significantly to climate change mitigation. This project sets a global example for marine conservation and rewilding efforts! Finde all details here.

Fota Island Welcomes Curlew Chicks

The Irish Fota Island have celebrated the hatching of curlew chicks, a significant milestone for the conservation of this critically endangered species. The successful breeding at Fota Wildlife Park highlights the importance of dedicated conservation programs. This achievement brings hope for the future of curlews, aiming to boost their wild populations and prevent extinction. Fota’s efforts show that with dedication, we can make a real difference in wildlife conservation! Learn more about the project here. 

Vermont's Groundbreaking Move Against Big Oil

oil platform in waterThe Green Mountain State just became the first in the US to pass a law holding major oil and gas companies accountable for climate change. This means big names like ExxonMobil, Chevron, and BP might soon be paying up for their carbon emissions. Imagine the positive impact on our environment and public health! Governor Phil Scott and other officials are on board, and Vermont is set to publish a report detailing the damage caused by these emissions. The funds collected will go towards rebuilding and environmental restoration, a fantastic boost for rewilding efforts. Plus, other states like California, New York, and Massachusetts might follow suit. Vermont is leading the way, showing us all how to fight back against climate change! Check out this article for all story  details.

NatureScot's Highland Habitat Restoration Shines

NatureScot has launched a stunning photography project that showcases the impressive habitat restoration efforts at Highland nature reserves. These images reveal the transformation of degraded landscapes into thriving ecosystems, highlighting the crucial role of restoration in supporting biodiversity and combating climate change. From lush meadows to revitalized wetlands, these restored habitats are a testament to successful conservation. NatureScot’s project is a beautiful reminder of what we can achieve when we invest in our natural world.

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