A herd of eight European bison graze in the Rothaargebirge mountain range on May 5, 2014 near Bad Berleburg, Germany. A similar project to reintroduce European bison in England will take place in 2022 in hopes the bison will restore wildlife.
CNN  — 

About 10,000 years after the Steppe Bison went extinct, UK’s most important wildlife species are now also racing toward extinction.

Ancient Steppe bison once roamed the land which would later become England. Their presence significantly provided other animals and plants the healthy ecosystem they needed to thrive.

Now, the UK is looking to the Steppe bison’s closest relative to bring back the area’s ancient woodlands – the European bison.

The $1.4 million “Wilder Blean” project, funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream fund, aims to release a small herd of European bison into the West Blean woods, near Canterbury in East Kent, during the spring of 2022.

The bison will come from the Netherlands or Poland, w