Conservation breakthrough for Scotland’s rare aspen tree

In an exciting step forward for the biodiversity of Scotland’s forests, Trees for Life has successfully encouraged the rare but ecologically important aspen tree to flower under controlled conditions – enabling it to produce much-needed seeds that can be used for propagation.

Trials to stimulate aspen branches to flower at the charity’s Dundreggan Conservation Estate in Glenmoriston, near Loch Ness, have progressed significantly this spring, following some initial success and experimentation over the past two years. » Continue reading news item ... “Conservation breakthrough for Scotland’s rare aspen tree”

Appeal to bring beavers home to the Highlands

Conservation charity Trees for Life is seeking support in raising £15,000 for a project aimed at bringing beavers back to the northwest Highlands.

The charity’s Bring Back the Beavers appeal will fund site assessments, work with local communities, and beaver habitat restoration work such as tree planting and natural regeneration.

This will enable Trees for Life to prepare for a formal application for a licence to re-establish beavers in the Highlands. » Continue reading news item ... “Appeal to bring beavers home to the Highlands”

Trees for Life secures support from the National Lottery

Scottish nature charity Trees for Life has been awarded £376,800 of highly sought after funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) ‘Skills for the Future’ programme. The funding will enable Trees for Life to train 15 people over a three-year period in wild forest restoration skills.

Steve Micklewright, CEO of Trees for Life, said: “There is a shortage of people who are able to manage estates to bring back natural forests and wildlife to the Highlands. » Continue reading news item ... “Trees for Life secures support from the National Lottery”

Rare species discovered at ‘lost world’ estate near Loch Ness

Surveys at Trees for Life’s Dundreggan Conservation Estate near Loch Ness have revealed a range of rare species, including a midge never recorded in the United Kingdom before – underlining the site’s growing reputation as a ‘lost world’ for biodiversity.

The discovery of the non-biting midge (Chironomus vallenduuki) by entomologist Peter Chandler last August brings the total of UK biodiversity firsts found at the estate in Glenmoriston in Inverness-shire to 11. » Continue reading news item ... “Rare species discovered at ‘lost world’ estate near Loch Ness”

Native woodlands and rewilding brought to life for Highland schools

Schools in the Highlands are working with conservation charity Trees for Life to learn firsthand about native woodlands and rewilding through a new project that combines tree planting with storytelling, folklore, history, geography, poetry and song.

Around 300 pupils in Cannich, Balnain, Drumnadrochit, Fort Augustus and Invergarry are taking part in the Rewilding the Highlands project, which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“This is an exciting collaboration in which teachers and pupils are working together to discover more about our precious native woodlands and the importance of restoring Scotland’s ancient Caledonian Forest,” said Alan Watson Featherstone, Trees for Life’s Founder. » Continue reading news item ... “Native woodlands and rewilding brought to life for Highland schools”

Study offers new way to measure biodiversity at Highlands rewilding hotspot

An innovative study of soundscapes at Trees for Life’s Dundreggan Conservation Estate near Loch Ness aims to reveal new findings about woodland health and the richness of wildlife at the 10,000-acre biodiversity hotspot.

Composer and audio specialist Huw McGregor has carried out an initial investigation at the Inverness-shire estate as part of his Woodland Soundscape Project, using purpose-built sound recording equipment to collect and monitor forest sounds. » Continue reading news item ... “Study offers new way to measure biodiversity at Highlands rewilding hotspot”