• DatesNovember 2020 to November 2024
  • SponsorNatural Environment Research Council
  • Funded£2,000,000
  • PartnersConsortium Members: UK Centre of Ecology and Hydrology; The National Trust: Stirling University; Forest Research. Project Partners: The National Forest; The Woodland Trust; Tarmac; The Coal Authority; Forestry Commission; Knepp Castle Estate; Plantlife; Natural England; Scottish Natural Heritage.

There is a global biodiversity crisis driven by mounting pressures, including land degradation and climate change, and one approach to reverse this trend is ecological restoration. However, using specific natural and semi-natural ecosystems to define endpoints is increasingly difficult as 'pristine-native' states are hard to define, climate change is leading to a shifting baseline, and there is a need to restore ecosystems that are resilient to future pressures. We intend to move restoration science forward, by considering complexity and resilience as fundamental aims for restoration projects, rather than attempting to re-create specific target ecosystems.