STRATHAIRD

WILDLAND NETWORK REWILDING PROJECTS DATABASE

Project Name

Strathaird

Country

Scotland

Current land designations

Cuillen NSA, Cuillen proposed SPA, Cuillen SSSI, Elgol Coast SSSI, Strath SSSI

Specific location

Skye

Year rewilding started

1994

Grid reference

NG548176

Location

Latitude: 57 11 00 N Longitude: 06 03 33 W

Altitude

 

Project Management

Ownership: John Muir Trust;

Management: Southern area: under  crofting tenure (crofters work in cooperation with JMT); Northern area: John Muir Trust; Eastern area: Straithaird

Area under rewilding (hectares)

6500ha

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

Restoration of exisitng, and creation of new broadleaved native woodland through removal of grazing pressures (deer/she fencing, deer culling, reduction in sheep numbers); Restructuring of existing conifer plantations; Cease in muirburning

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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