'Making the World Whole & Wild'
Our intended foundation site is in the Algarve. This site is home to a plethora of Iberian species.
Mediterranean landscapes, characterised by a long history of humanisation, have seen clear trends toward depopulation, the subsequent abandonment of many farming activities. This rural depopulation provides an ideal opportunity to apply the concept of rewilding.
This Algarve site is currently the size of Gibraltar’s Nature Reserve; 210 hectares (520 acres). Just 40 minutes from Tavira, this site offers a unique opportunity for Gibraltar to be part of an ecosystem restoration project, working to protect vulnerable and important species such as the Iberian lynx, Eurasian black vulture, Griffon Vulture and Egyptian vulture, European rabbit, an ancient breed of wild horse; the Sorraia, European otter, and countless more native species of flora and fauna.
A popular holiday destination for Gibraltar’s residents, the Algarve has far more to offer than just fabulous beaches and sumptuous cuisine. The potential for nature-based tourism will help to revive the whole area, whilst sequestering carbon, protecting vital waterways and saving threatened and endangered species.
With your support, this area and surrounding areas can be restored to native Mediterranean landscape, teeming with life from tiny no see ‘ums to critically endangered apex predators.
Wild, native species and breeds; sorriaia horses (an almost extinct breed of wild horse, native to the Algarve region), wild boar, roe and red deer, visiting Iberian lynx, Bonelli's eagle, short-toed snake eagle, black and griffon vulture.
Our longterm plan is to link up with other entities and projects in the Algarve area, protecting habitats and waterways. The Via Algarviana, a popular walking route from the east to western Algarve, passed along the southern foot of the land. A perfect stop-off for tired trekkers to experience the beauty of restored, native Algarvian flora and fauna.
We will use this model in our future wild-centres in Spain and Morocco as part of a wider transnational partnership for ecosystem restoration and species conservation.
Long term, we plan to extend this area, via ecological corridors, up to and beyond the size of Gibraltar (630 hectares). Many of the species on the site are similar to those found in Gibraltar. This gives an opportunity to revive Iberian species and habitats.
Portugal has seen a reduction in wild habitats and species over the past half century, over-hunting and certain sanitary laws have seen a decline in species that are still abundant in Spain. Over the past decade, this has been turned around by effective species conservation projects, but there is still a need to revive, restore and protect wild habitats.
The Algarve has long been a popular holiday destination for Gibraltar's residents, especially in the summer months. A site like this can provide year-round nature-based tourism opportunities for visitors to the Algarve region.