In the heart of the Highlands sits Dundreggan, our flagship example of rewilding in action.

Brimming with wildlife and part of the ancient hunting grounds of kings and lairds from the 14th Century onwards, Dundreggan has been rewilded by Trees for Life since we purchased it in 2008.  Here we plant trees to create a new wild forest, allow the forest to recover through natural regeneration and test new tree growing and land management techniques.

 

The land is now recovering from centuries of grazing and browsing by sheep, goats, cattle and deer. Over 4,000 species of plants and animals are found at Dundreggan, including many rare and protected species.

Dundreggan is a base for volunteer groups throughout the year and our tree nursery is located onsite. We have a car park and short network of woodland walks – we welcome you to visit and explore this superb area.

 

Our tree nursery

We propagate rare and hard-to-grow trees so we can create a diverse forest that will be home to more wildlife. We specialise in growing mountain trees and aspen so they can return to the Scottish Highlands. We grow most of the trees that are planted out at Dundreggan from seed collected on the estate.

 

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Tree planting

After centuries without trees, it is difficult for a forest to grow again without some help. We plant native trees in areas where there is little chance of trees establishing on their own, especially in the higher areas where the special and rare mountain willows and birches have almost disappeared.

Forest regeneration

In areas where there are existing trees, we reduce grazing pressure so trees can grow naturally from seed. A new natural wild forest is gradually appearing in many parts of Dundreggan, showing that rewilding can be done by nature itself.

Volunteering base

Hundreds of volunteers join us each year to plant trees, help in the nursery and experience rewilding in action. Based at Dundreggan Lodge in the heart of the estate, volunteers enjoy basic accommodation, simple food and enjoy experiences they will never forget.

Visiting Dundreggan

Dundreggan is located off the A887 Invermoriston to Skye road, 7 miles drive from Invermoriston. Turn right at the road-side sign and you will find a small car park about 100 yards up the drive. From here marked trails lead you through a spectacular natural grove of juniper and into an attractive area of ancient semi-natural woodland, or for the more adventurous an old pony track leading to open moorland.

Those of you wishing to visit your own groves should be aware that most of the areas we have planted at Dundreggan are not easily accessible and require basic hill-walking equipment to make your visit safe and enjoyable. Stout boots or wellies and waterproofs are a must. Please also note your groves will not be individually marked.