Meet the Stella rewilding superstars
Discover the native British and keystone species that inspired our Spring 2023 collection – key animals and plants that support and balance the ecosystem.
Hedgehogs have existed in Britain for at least half a million years but, as the UK is now one of the most nature-depleted nations in the world, they may not survive in our natural environment for much longer. Up to 75% of Britain’s rural hedgehogs have been lost in the last 20 years.
Native British rural hedgehogs have experienced a sharp decline, dropping by an average of 8.3% a year for the last two decades. In contrast, urban hedgehogs have a stable and recovering population, despite an estimated 167,000 hedgehogs being killed annually by vehicles. Classified as ‘Vulnerable’ to extinction according to the British Red List for Mammals, they are negatively impacted by changes in farming practices and the loss of habitat like hedgerows.
By protecting and, eventually, expanding woodlands across the country, we can increase carbon storage and sequestering, enabling a more diverse range of wildlife to establish. Key to this concept is bringing back missing species to rebuild the chain and relationships between species, including that with native birds.
Goldfinches, woodpeckers and kingfishers all appear as an all-over on stretch forest-friendly viscose jersey tops, trousers and a standout midi dress. They also appear as a heritage crest print on jersey t-shirts and a satin wrap mini skirt – a reminder of some of Mother Earth’s most beloved creatures.