The European Nature Trust has committed considerable resource to the replanting and regrowth of the Caledonian forest habitat that once existed throughout Scotland.
At Alladale Wilderness Reserve, there are several areas of original forest. Only a few of these ancient woodland copses remain across the UK, and they are particularly vulnerable to grazing animals. Scotland’s unnaturally high red deer population remains one of the greatest threats to forest regeneration.
– NEW GROWTH AT ALLADALE WILDERNESS RESERVE
These trees will almost certainly die out unless young trees are allowed to establish, and so 600 hectares (ha) of new woodland have been planted, over 900,000 native trees. TENT have contributed widely to this reforestation.
The species mix includes Scots pine, birch, juniper, oak, rowan, alder, willow, aspen, holly, hawthorn and hazel. They will, in time, provide the seed bank for wider natural regeneration, and allow a great variety of animal life to thrive.
– A RARE DOTTEREL ON THE RESERVE
Peatlands are the greatest terrestrial carbon sink on the planet, storing more carbon than all the world’s forests combined. In the 1960s and 1970s, drainage systems were implemented across the Highlands in an attempt to improve grazing opportunities for sheep, deer and cattle – this all but removed the carbon sequestering potential of the peatlands. Over the past few years a pioneering scheme has been implemented to reverse this process across the Reserve by blocking ditches and restoring peatlands.
– REFORESTATION AT ALLADALE WILDERNESS RESERVE
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