The Knepp Wildland project is guided by a board of conservation experts


Keith Alexander, independent ecologist and specialist on saproxylic beetles

Martin Boers, Livestock Partnership Veterinary Practice

Prof Paul Buckland, Professor in Environmental Archaeology, Bournemouth University

Jill Butler, Conservation Advisor, Woodland Trust

Prof Mick Crawley, Emeritus Professor of Plant Ecology, Imperial College, London

Alastair Driver, former Head of Conservation, Environment Agency

Jason Emrich, Manager, Knepp Castle Estate, and Regional Director, Savills

Alison Field, Area Director for London & the Southeast, Forestry Commission

Prof Rob Fuller, former Science Director, British Trust for Ornithology

Paul Goriup, Director of Fieldfare International Ecological Development PLC

Emma Goldberg, Natural England

Penny Green, Ecologist, Knepp Wildland, and former Manager, Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre

Ted Green, Founding Member, Ancient Tree Forum, and former English Nature Conservation Consultant to the Crown Estate at Windsor

Theresa Greenaway, former Manager, Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre

Prof Matthew Heard, Principal Scientific Officer, Natural Environment Research Council

Kristoffer Hewitt, Senior Advisor, Biodiversity Sussex & Kent Area, Natural England

Neil Hulme, independent conservation advisor and former Chair, Butterfly Conservation (Sussex Branch)

Hans Kampf, Senior Policy Advisor on Ecosystems and the Environment to the Dutch Government

Jason Lavender, Co-Director, High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Prof Sir John Lawton, former Chair of Making Space for Nature, and President, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Dr Alex Lord, Projects Manager, Permian Global Research Ltd

Dr Pascale Nicolet, Director of Policy and Implementation, Freshwater Habitats Trust

Matthew Oates, National Specialist on Nature, National Trust

Jim Seymour, Southeast Regional Land Management Programme Manager,        Natural England

Julian Smith, Trustee, Knepp Castle Estate

Dr Ken Smith, former Head of Aquatic Research, RSPB

Jonathan Spencer, Head of Planning and Environment, Forestry Commission

Jim Swanson, Grazing Animals Project

Dr Frans Vera, Dutch ecologist and author of Grazing Ecology & Forest History

Joep van de Vlasakker, Large Herbivore Foundation

Dr Tony Whitbread, CEO, Sussex Wildlife Trust





Ted green

Founding member of the Ancient Tree Forum and former English Nature Conservation consultant to the Crown Estate at Windsor


FRans vera

Renowned ecologist and ornithologist, involved in the Oostvaardersplassen since 1979

Freeing the landscape – grazing animals as ecosystems engineers

mike allen

Geoarchaeologist and environmental archaeologist who has specialises in in the 10,000-year history of chalk grasslands.

Chalk grasslands: man or nature? The archaeological subfossil snail evidence

Keith Alexander

Director and founder member of the Ancient Tree Forum and Specialist Adviser to the IUCN on European saproxylic beetles.

Beetles open a window into the past – sub-fossil evidence of a more open post-glacial forest

Neil Sanderson

Ecologist and lichenologist, has spent 30 years learning from the New Forest and visiting old growth woodlands across Europe.

Lichens, grazing and woodland structure; or a tale of two forests

Jill Butler

UK Conservation adviser, Woodland Trust and specialist in ancient and other veteran trees, wood pastures and parkland.

Perceptions of primeval forest – Britain’s ancient oaks challenge the myth

Sue Hartley

President of the British Ecological Society, trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and director of the York Environmental Sustainability Institute

Grazers and Browsers for Conservation in the UK

Matthew Oates

National specialist on nature for the National Trust, is writing on the ecology of the Purple Emperor butterfly. Major breakthroughs have been made at Knepp.

Discovering the Purple Emperor – insights gained from rewilding at Knepp

Charlie Burrell

Owner of Knepp Castle Estate and chair of Rewilding Britain.

Rewilding Knepp: how the economics stack up

Penny Green

Resident ecologist is putting together the ten year review of the rewilding project.

Turtle doves and nightingales: the wildlife results of Knepp

Leo Linnartz 

Landscape ecologist and grazing and predation expert at ARK Nature. Since 2005 he has worked on the reintroduction of wisent in the Dutch dunes near Zandvoort.

Bison, wild cattle and horses in the Kraansvlak and Maashorst, The Netherlands

Bill Sutherland & Nancy Ockendon

Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Cambridge, President of the British Ecological Society., and a huge fan of Frans Vera.

Future challenges and opportunities for rewilding and restoration                                         

Jonathan Spencer

Head of Environment for Forest Enterprise England, observer on the Rewilding Britain Board of trustees and former Nature Conservancy Council forest ecologist

Change and Necessity: the way ahead for UK Conservation

John Lawton

Leader of the groundbreaking 2010 review of England’s wildlife sites -‘Making Space for Nature’, and President of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (God’s own county)

Making Even More Space for Nature

Mick Crawley

Emeritus Professor at Imperial College London, an ecologist with special interest in plant-herbivore interactions.

Summing Up