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Tiny fungi on log in Strathfarrar

Growing inside the special exclosure we put up on Dundreggan in 2002, this is one of the tallest dwarf birch plants on the estate. With your help now, we’ll enable lots more to grow like this.  

Old Scots pine in Strathfarrar.jpg

This sawfly larva (Nematus pravus) had never been recorded in the UK until it was found at Dundreggan in 2011. Along with 2 other sawfly species and a rare micro-moth, it lives only on dwarf birch, so its future is dependent on protection and restoration of this special habitat.  

Dead Scots pine

Dwarf birch, seen here with reindeer lichen, changes colour to beautiful shades of yellow and red in autumn.  

Some more of the Scots pines that were planted on West Affric in the 1990s by our volunteers, photographed in June 2012.

Steve Morris with another healthy dwarf birch growing in the fenced area which has been protected since 2002. 

Return of the Wee Trees Appeal

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Here’s what your support can help us with:

  • Plant out dwarf birch grown in our specialist tree nursery to expand dwarf birch habitat and create one of the best areas of mountain woodland in the UK. £15 will pay for 3 new dwarf birch plants.

  • Fence a new area of dwarf birch at Dundreggan and allow it to grow freely again, to benefit some of our rarest wildlife. £50 will pay for 5 metres of deer fencing.

  • Support innovative research to test new ways of planting and protecting dwarf birch, and use our findings to influence dwarf birch restoration work across Scotland. £100 will help to meet the costs of further specialist biodiversity surveys and research projects for dwarf birch.

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