SANDWOOD ESTATE

WILDLAND NETWORK REWILDING PROJECTS DATABASE

Project Name

Sandwood Estate

Country

Scotland

Current land designations

Sheigra-Oldshoremore SSSI, Southern Parphe SSSI, candidate SAC

Specific location

Highlands

Year rewilding started

Grid reference

NC220610

1993

Location

Latitude: 58 30 02 N Longitude: 05 03 23 W

Altitude

 

Project Management

Ownership: John Muir Trust

Management: Mainly tenant crofters, John Muir Trust

Administration: Three main grazing committee undertake management of crofts

Area under rewilding (hectares)

4, 650ha

Project funding

Original purchase grants from Scottish Natural Heritage and National Heritage Memorial Fund, JMT charitable donations, some independent crofters committees raising own funds

Rewilding methods

Encouragement of sustainable crofting practices; Sand dune and soil erosion management (e.g.control of rabbit population); Drained bog restoration; Deer/sheep fencing around native woodland and vegetation

Habitats present

Peatland (mires and blankert bog), uplands, woodland, coastal hills, open water, fertile coast, inter-tidal and marine

Target species

Water Vole, Juniper

Species reintroductions

None

Access to the area

Open public access

Links to further information

John Muir Trust information on Sandwood Estate: www.jmt.org/cons/sand/index.html

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