Nature takes its own course by putting the wiggle into the wild

“Rewiggling” is the new “rewilding”, Buxton international Festival heard in a debate on the future of nature conservation and Britain’s national parks.

Farmers were now blurring the boundaries between agriculture and the wild by allowing rivers and drainage ditches to provide space for wildlife by letting nature take its own course, Julian Glover, the man in charge of the Government’s review of the country’s national parks.

Some farmers had dubbed this rewiggling as a pun on the expression rewilding, which usually means allowing nature to completely reclaim an area of land.

Talking to Tristram Hunt, Mr Glover said that he hoped that in future corridors of nature across the landscape would be encouraged, allowing animals and plants to move across the country.