SCONSER

WILDLAND NETWORK REWILDING PROJECTS DATABASE

Project Name

Sconser

Country

Scotland

Current land designations

Cuillen NSA, Cuillen proposed pSPA, Cuillen SSSI,

Specific location

Skye

Year rewilding started

1997

Grid reference

NG522321

Location

Latitude: 57 18 45 N Longitude: 06 06 55 W

Altitude

Project Management

Ownership: John Muir Trust

Management: Mainly tenant crofters, John Muir Trust, Administration: Three main grazing committees undertake management of crofts

Area under rewilding (hectares)

3400ha

Project funding

John Muir Trust charitable donations; Grants from CCS and Scottish Natural Heritage; CAP financial support; National woodland grants; Various other grants

Rewilding methods

Encouragement of sustainable crofting practices; Restoration of exisiting, and creation of new broadleaved native woodland through removal of grazing pressures (deer/she fencing, deer culling, reduction in sheep numbers)

Habitats present

Blanket bog, upland (80% lies within Cuillen Hills), petrifying springs, limestone pavements, open water, coastal saltmarsh, intertidal, Alpine calcareous grasslands, Northern Atlantic wet heaths, native woodlands, conifer plantations

Target species

Pipewort, otter, brown long-eared bat, breeding birds (Corncrake, Hen Harrier, Merlin, Skylark, Song Thrush, Spotted Fly-catcher, Twite, Bullfinch)

Species reintroductions

None

Access to the area

Open public access

Links to further information

John Muir Trust information on Skye: www.jmt.org/cons/skye/index.html

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