The old steppe bison once roamed the country that later became England. Their presence gave other animals and plants the healthy ecosystem they needed to thrive.
Britain is now looking for the closest relative of steppe bison to bring back the region’s ancient forests – the European bison.
“They eat bark and create dust baths that are beneficial for many plants and animals,” added the trust. “These are features that have been lacking in our British forests for thousands of years, and when they are brought back can help restore an abundance of wildlife.”
“The Wilder Blean project will demonstrate that a wilder, nature-based solution is the right one to deal with the climate and natural crisis we are now facing,” said Paul Hadaway, director of nature conservation at Kent Wildlife Trust, in one Explanation. “Using missing keystone species such as bison to restore natural habitat processes is key to creating bio-richness in our landscape.”
Once the bison have settled in their fenced area, the public can visit and watch the animals.