A forest is more than trees, it is a web of life. It is complex and includes many thousands of different organisms all performing an important role, from the plants that make up the different layers of the forest to the fungi that help to recycle nutrients by decomposing dead material. Animals feed on the plants and each other to help ensure a natural balance. Crucial to this natural balance are the predators because they help to ensure there are not too many other animals eating the plants. All of the large predators, like wolves and bears, have been lost from Scotland because of human persecution. This is one reason why the forest cannot recover outside fences in the Highlands because there are so many deer that eat every tree seedling they find. … read more
Collecting cuttings from rare montane willows is a difficult but vitally important task. Montane trees are specialist species which have adapted to grow at high altitudes, above the normal tree line, in the face of high winds and dramatic temperature changes. … read more
Ending old conflicts about land management and wildlife means facing up to hard conversations positively, not hiding from them. The rush to trap a small family of beavers in Strathglass shows that the Scottish government is being overtaken by England’s increasingly progressive agenda for land use and the natural environment. … read more
This spring Matthew and Leo will be travelling to Arctic Greenland, undertaking a 40-day expedition with both scientific and mountaineering objectives. Before setting off they kindly chose to offset the carbon footprint of their expedition by planting trees with us - restoring the wild forest. They hope to continue fundraising along the way with donations going to Trees for Life and Anxiety UK. Matt wrote this blog to show why he believes carbon offsetting is so important. … read more
The world of conservation can sometimes be quite focused on the accumulation of knowledge and facts – which is great! The natural world is endlessly fascinating, but could it be that focusing exclusively on this very intellectual kind of connection to things becomes an obstacle to a deeper, more emotional connection? … read more
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