TORRIN

WILDLAND NETWORK REWILDING PROJECTS DATABASE

Project Name

Torrin

Country

Scotland

Current land designations

Cuillen NSA, Cuillen proposed SPA, Strath candidate SAC

Specific location

Skye

Year rewilding started

1991

Grid reference

NG575210

Location

Latitude: 57 12 55 N Longitude: 06 01 05 W

Altitude

Project Management

Ownership: John Muir Trust

Management: Tenant crofters in accordance with management drawn up in discussions with the JMT Administration: JMT

Area under rewilding (hectares)

2225ha

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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