Naturalist, photographer and TV presenter
"The wild boar was a native species in the UK for thousands of years playing an intrinsically important role in our landscapes ecology. Now it has returned to some areas we need to adapt to accept its presence and manifest a rational tolerance to its behaviours and impacts on our lives. It is a real and very positive agent amongst our impoverished and persecuted fauna. Please live and let the boar live too."
Naturalist, TV presenter and conservationist
''The wild boar roamed the British countryside for thousands of years before it was hunted to extinction. Surely, we can find room for this iconic mammal in our impoverished countryside?''
British writer, Guardian columnist and rewilding expert
‘’Boar are an essential keystone species, creating habitats for many animals and plants, helping tree seeds to germinate and grow, enriching both our ecosystems and our lives.’’
Naturalist, Television Presenter and Author of ‘ReWild - The Art of Returning to Nature
"The wild boar is not just an animal missing from a list. It's a dynamic and essential cog in the functioning of the British landscape. A place whose ecology has been fundamentally broken, as one by one we have removed, destroyed and hacked at its component parts, until it barely turns over.
A boar is a plough, a recycler, a brush cutter and meadow creator - it is also completely misunderstood and has become a victim of anti-wilderness propaganda. Much of what we hear of this impressive mammal is based on fantasy and blow-up accounts of threatened beasts of the chase - surely, we're better than that, surely we can find a way to accept such a vital part of our long lost fauna back into our hearts and minds? It just takes a willingness to listen to those that know and to build an opinion based on evidence and facts. That is what the "The Boaring Truth is all about”.
Naturalist and presenter
‘’Wild boar is a true native species to Britain, part of our natural makeup for thousands of years. It is my hope that in the areas where it has now returned, we can adapt to and integrate this unique animal for future generations"
Natural history writer for the Guardian. Author of Wild Child, Islander, The Butterfly Isles, Coastlines and Badgerlands
"Wild boar are an ancient inhabitant of this land. We wiped them out once and now they have found their way back we must not become the first people on Earth to make a species extinct twice over. We have a moral and legal duty to live peaceably alongside these beautiful, exciting creatures, and allow them to perform their crucial ecological role in our countryside.
Wildlife film maker, presenter, cameraman and photographer
“Some of the most exciting moments of my life as a wildlife cameraman have been spent watching wild boar in the UK. When spending time with them, it seems so obvious that this is a species meant to be in our landscape. Yes, we need to learn to live with them again, but I believe we can. And if we do - then everyone can share the joy I’ve found in seeing these stunning creatures back where they belong - in Britain”
Conservation writer, field director in wildlife television, and naturalist
“Wild boar are an irreplaceable and fundamental ecosystem engineer. Just because something has been gone from an ecosystem for a long time, does not mean nature has grown to thrive in its absence. Quite the opposite, whenever wild boar has been allowed to return, they have rejuvenated our often parched and dry forestry plantations and turned them back into living ecosystems, inhabited by a far wider range and abundance of living creatures than before. From small pearl-bordered fritillaries to purple emperors, orchids to great-crested newts, scrublands in our woodlands to wild apple trees, boar are the bringers of life. The ‘damage’ (gardening) boar do is certainly real - but it is also no match for the biodiversity they restore. In addition, Britain’s wild areas need keystone species for another reason: helping to rejuvenate many of our dying rural economies. Boar have proven popular tourist magnets in the Forest of Dean, an area of relatively restricted employment opportunities. Were we managing them but not seeking to wipe them out, Forestry Commission and other local stakeholders could more than pay for their disruptive tendencies through funding via ecotourism. In every way, and indeed like any other European country, we must accept boar as the native animals they are. I will be writing more about boar benefits in my 2021 book Cornerstones. Conservation writer, field director in wildlife television, and naturalist"
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