With your support, Dundreggan will be a very different place in 50 years time. Natural woodland, with open glades intermingled with denser areas, will stretch up from the banks of the River Moriston. This diverse forest of oak, pine, aspen, hazel, juniper and birch will grade into montane scrub that will cover much of the higher slopes. Wildlife flourishing in this abundant woodland habitat will include red squirrel, capercaillie, European beaver, wild boar, osprey, black grouse and wood ants. Twinflower, creeping ladies tresses and other rare woodland plants will thrive. The forests of Dundreggan will no longer be isolated, but part of a larger expanse of native woodland from Glen Affric Nature Reserve in the north to Glen Moriston, and the shores of Loch Ness in the south east.
But we can't do this alone. To deliver this extensive programme of restoration at Dundreggan we need to raise £100,000 each year.
As a Friend of Dundreggan you will enjoy
We were delighted to welcome friends new and old at Dundreggan for our annual Friends of Dundreggan Day on May 3rd 2015!
Doug Gilbert, our Dundreggan Operations Manager, took an eager group to see the wild boar and explain their role within the forest. Another group enjoyed the opportunity to plant trees by the River Moriston. Allan Common, our site manager, gave an insightful walk and talk after lunch to discuss the importance of deer management on the estate and pointed out examples of natural tree regeneration within the forest. We were lucky to have many of you help out in the tree nursery, joining our Conservation Week volunteers who were busy pricking out thousands of seedlings! The day was rounded off with a talk from Alan Watson Featherstone, who gave an overview of the previous year's work and achievements, and our goals and projects for the future.
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