The Allt Ruadh Forest
Stephen Couling began volunteering with us in 2016 and soon became a group guide and an invaluable member of the team. Stephen has led 27 Conservation Weeks, 19 of which have focussed on planting trees in the Allt Ruadh Forest exclosure. Here, Stephen recounts his experiences while planting this new forest.
High-altitude forest to save rare trees and help mountain wildlife
A new high-altitude forest of 10,000 rare mountain trees supporting wildlife including golden eagles and mountain hares is to be planted near Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands by Trees for Life next spring.
The waist-high trees form a unique and important wildlife-rich habitat called montane scrub. This should be common between woodlands and open hilltops, but it has now almost disappeared from Scotland – largely due to grazing pressure from sheep and high deer numbers over the centuries.
Nature-depleted Scotland needs new era of rewilding says landmark book
A sticking plaster approach to conservation is failing Scotland’s wildlife – and with species such as red squirrel, wild cat and capercaillie declining or on the edge of extinction, a new era of massive rewilding is needed, says a landmark new book from Trees for Life and SCOTLAND: The Big Picture.
Scotland has the space and opportunity to take a fresh approach, with people working with nature, not against it, and allowing ecosystems to restore themselves on a large-scale, say the authors of Scotland: A Rewilding Journey, which is being launched in Inverness this evening.