Highlands ‘lost world’ near Loch Ness celebrates 10 years of rewilding

Volunteer and pupil cutting the cake 848 Conservation charity Trees for Life is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its flagship Dundreggan Conservation Estate in Glenmoriston – marking a decade of restoring the Caledonian Forest at the acclaimed site, and an ongoing commitment to investing in the local community. … read more

New ‘suspension bridge’ keeps red squirrels safe in Highlands

Photobombing red squirrel on Shieldaig road bridge A specially designed rope bridge slung between trees high over a Highlands road is giving red squirrels a safe crossing. Camera footage has revealed regular use of the bridge by the charismatic species. … read more

  • 8th Aug 2018, by Richard Bunting. Photobombing red squirrel on road bridge
  • News, Press release

Vision for collaboration to make Glen Affric forest reach from coast-to-coast

Screen Shot 2018-07-27 at 14.28.47 Glen Affric National Nature Reserve could be at the core of an unprecedented collaboration between landowners and communities to create an unparalleled forest corridor stretching from Scotland’s east to west coast, says a new film from Forest Enterprise Scotland and conservation charity Trees for Life. … read more

Glen Affric – 60 years wild!

Screen Shot 2018-07-27 at 14.08.59 A visit to Glen Affric National Nature Reserve gives the sense of what a restored wild forest in the Scottish Highlands feels like.  Majestic old Scots pine trees dot the landscape, while beneath them are their descendants, all reaching for the sky so that they can grow ever taller and become the next generation of statuesque trees. Among the Scots pine are shimmering birch trees and on the ground are a myriad of wild plants, including rare ferns and flowers.  Add to this the sound of water falling and flowing and birds, like rare crested tits, calling and singing, and you quickly realise why our ancestors regarded woods as magical, mysterious places.  … read more

Call for public support for a wilder Scotland

2 smaller Scotland: A Rewilding Journey will lay out a vision of how rewilding could transform Scotland and benefit its people and wildlife.  It is being supported by a crowdfunding appeal launched today by conservation charity Trees for Life.  … read more

  • 25th Jun 2018, by Trees for Life, Image ©
  • News, Press release

Mysterious mushroom mixture set to boost reforestation of the Highlands

Trees for Life's mysterious mushroom mixture (medium) In an innovative trial beginning this spring, Trees for Life will harness the power of local mushrooms to boost reforestation at its Dundreggan Conservation Estate in Glenmoriston near Loch Ness. … read more

Trees for Life 25th Anniversary!

IMG_1432 Double rainbow over an old Scots pine at Coille Ruigh Some dates are worth celebrating – it’s 25 years since Trees for Life became a charity.  That means we have officially been restoring the Caledonian Forest for a quarter of a century.  I’ve been here for two of those years and am constantly amazed and inspired by the achievements that Trees for Life staff and volunteers have made happen since 1993. This blog is my homage to them and to the countless supporters, members and funders that enable all this incredibly positive work to happen. … read more

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