The European Nature Trust is working to restore native species and ecosystem processes to Alladale Wilderness Reserve.
Red Squirrel Translocation
In 2013, TENT successfully released 36 red squirrels on the Reserve, with the support of our partner, The Highland Foundation for Wildlife, and Alladale’s neighbouring estates. Today, there are signs of established breeding populations and we now look to expand the red squirrels’ range.
– RED SQUIRREL
Highland Cattle Initiative
Alladale Wilderness Reserve is home to herds of highland cattle, which are part of the Scotland Rural Development Programme. The species plays a significant role in promoting biodiversity through their grazing and trampling – with effects similar to that of bison throughout mainland Europe.
– HIGHLAND CATTLE
Scottish Wildcat Breeding Programme
Alladale Wilderness Reserve is an active participant in the recovery of the threatened Scottish wildcat. A wildcat enclosure has been built on the Reserve which currently houses four wildcats as part of a captive breeding project in partnership with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. The wildcats are being bred with the ultimate aim of release.
– SCOTTISH WILDCAT
As the ecosystem recovers, traditional habitats are reestablished and species are more inclined to return. Alongside our specific projects, we are seeing an encouraging natural recolonisation of the area by many species of birds, insects and mammals.
Alladale Wilderness Reserve is seeing an incredible recovery of the land which allows us to be hopeful for the future.
For more information on any of our initiatives, please get in touch!