ACHNASHELLACH

WILDLAND NETWORK REWILDING PROJECTS DATABASE

Project Name

Achnashellach

Country

Scotland

Current land designations

None

Specific location

Caledonian Forest Core

Year rewilding started

Some years prior to 1989, at which Trees for Life became involved

Grid reference

NH 050 480

Location

Latitude: 57 28 28 N Longitude: 05 18 00 W

Altitude

 

Project Management

Ownership: Forestry Commission;

Management: Forestry Commission, Trees for Life

Area under rewilding (hectares)

1,700 ha

Project funding

Forestry Commission (governmental funding)

Rewilding methods

Protective fencing and deer culling, to allow natural regeneration. Removal of exotic tree species. Blocking drainage ditches to restore wet woodland

Habitats present

Native woodland (pine and birch), alder carr, commercial plantation

Target species

Scots pine, birch, aspen etc. Native pinewood specialists

Species reintroductions

Achnashellach is within the 900 square mile target area in which Trees for Life advocate beaver and lynx in the short-term, and bear and wolf etc in the long term

Access to the area

Open public access

Links to further information

Journal Article (Caledonian Forest Core): ECOS 8 (2)

www.forestry.gov.uk

Trees for Life website: www.treesforlife.org.uk

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