Inversnaid

Inversnaid, Loch Lomond

This site comprises over 800 hectares of deciduous woodland, moorland and mountain on east Loch Lomondside in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Through planting of native deciduous and pine trees, and encouraging natural regeneration through grazing control, the existing woodland area on the slopes rising from Loch Lomond will be significantly expanded onto former farmland. In total, around 250 hectares of new forest habitats are being created, including around 125,000 new trees. Lower parts of the site are being grazed by sheep and Highland cattle as part of the management to create suitable habitat for black grouse. This site forms part of The Great Trossachs Forest.

 

Barclye

Barclye, Dumfries & Galloway

This site was formerly a working upland livestock farm, which is being managed to extend the adjoining RSPB Wood of Cree Nature Reserve, home to the largest remaining expanse of ancient oak woodland in southern Scotland. As a result, the woodland area will be doubled, by encouraging natural regeneration and through sympathetic planting of oak, downy birch, ash, wych elm, alder and willow, accelerating the process of regeneration over the next century. The choice of trees is based solely on those which are already present in the Wood of Cree. Around 140 hectares of new woodland and 80 hectares of wood pasture will be created here, significantly expanding precious habitat for populations of threatened woodland birds like the black grouse.

Abernethy

Abernethy National Nature Reserve, Speyside

This site of some 14,000 hectares includes a diverse range of habitats including native Caledonian pine forest, bog woodland, expanses of heather moor, lochs, wild rivers and spectacular mountain wilderness. The area of activity and study by Sustainable Forestry is focused on expanding the Caledonian pine forest at the lower levels and towards the tree line on the western part of the reserve, close to the Ryvoan pass. The existing native woodland will be expanded by at least 1870 hectares of wooded landscape, creating continuous habitat between Abernethy and the neighbouring Forest Enterprise Scotland estate at Glenmore, which provides a woodland 'corridor' enabling species to spread across a far wider area.

 

Corrimony

Corrimony, Central Highlands

This former commercial forestry site of some 1530 hectares has a mix of habitats including a mix of habitats including semi-natural birch wood, plantation woodland, lochs, bogs and heath. The area of Caledonian pine forest is being significantly expanded, to create 500 hectares of closed canopy woodland, with a further 500 hectares of open canopy, mixed pine and broadleaved woodland, providing vital habitat for threatened moorland species including black grouse and, ultimately, capercaillie. Natural regeneration of native trees and shrubs is being encouraged, including Scots pine, birch and rowan, whilst sitka spruce, lodgepole pine and larch are selectively removed from the former planation areas.

Sustainable Forestry SCIO is a registered Scottish Charity No SC043508