chapter  12
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Stepping stones to a wilder policy

In the previous chapters I have outlined what could be achieved for specific sites and the wilding of the countryside in-between: core areas that are essentially sanctuaries of nature; buffer zones that take account of the special wildlife needs of the core areas, but which are integrated with compatible economic activity; and wildlife-friendly corridors that link these key areas. Within the natural sanctuaries, ecosystems must be restored to include the guilds of herbivores and carnivores that are essential to the evolutionary processes with which most of our wildlife has evolved. In addition to these essentially biological elements of wildland, there are aspects that relate to the human need for wildness. The core areas must be free of intrusive development and, as far as practicable, artefacts of past industrial and agricultural uses should be removed.