Knepp Wildland: Rewilding and Invertebrates

Natural History Live by Penny Green

In 2001 the Knepp Castle Estate started the transition from extensive arable and dairy farming to a pioneering process-led conservation project, and so began the rewilding of 3,500 acres in Sussex. Natural processes have been restored with large herbivores moving freely in the landscape; Longhorn cattle, Tamworth pigs, Exmoor ponies, fallow, roe and red deer imitate their ancestors. Each species effects the vegetation in different ways which creates a mosaic of habitats from open grassland through to regenerating scrub. Penny Green, Knepp’s ecologist, will share the journey of this rewilding project and the extraordinary results of the project so far.

Can’t wait for the talk? Check out our blog about our recording trip to Knepp

The British Entomological & Natural History Society (BENHS) have teamed up with the FSC to deliver a series of entomology-focused Natural History Live events. These events are free online natural history talks, comprising of a 30-40 minute talk from a BENHS guest speaker, followed by a question and answer session. We host them on Zoom and we will send out joining instructions on the day of the event. Sign up to the FSC BioLinks newsletter to find out about our other online learning opportunities here.

Tutor: Penny Green

Penny is Knepp’s resident ecologist, managing the Knepp Safaris team, volunteers and research students, and co-ordinating the biological monitoring of the rewilding project.

Penny is passionate about biological recording, and loves to enthuse others with wildlife-watching. In her spare time, she’s having adventures moth trapping and bird-ringing.


The FSC BioLinks project is part-funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. These Natural History Live webinars are made available to all at no cost. If you would like to contribute to the FSC BioLinks project, you can do so by selecting the option to attend at a cost of £5. All donated fees go contribute financially to FSC BioLinks project work to provide adult learning opportunities for a range of audiences.

Attendee (Online) - select if you would like to attend at a cost of £5 (all donated fees go towards supporting the FSC BioLinks project activities)

Attendee Discounted (Online) - select if you would like to attend at no cost

Example Timetable

The usual format of Natural History Live virtual events is:

  • 5 minute intro by the FSC BioLinks project team
  • 30-40 minute talk presented by guest speaker
  • 15-25 minute speaker Q&A session hosted by the FSC BioLinks project team

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

Before You Attend

Please note that after booking on to the event:

  • You will need to download the Zoom software before we start. This is free and you can do so here:
  • You can sign into the Zoom test meeting any time before to test if everything is working for you here: