Loch Katrine, The Trossachs
This 9,500 hectare estate encompasses a wide range of mature habitats, rich in biodiversity. The existing woodland area will be more than doubled (from 1400ha to 3350ha) and around 15 km of new walking and cycling trails have been created. With 1.3 million trees planted and a further 500ha of forest regeneration, there will be around 1.8 million additional trees on this site, transforming the landscape. The new woodland will include a mix of oak woodland, areas of Caledonian pine, birch, hazel, and wet alder woods. Pasture woodland, key moorland, montane, wetland and grassland habitats will be retained and enhanced and around 6000ha of open land and clearings within the new woodland will promote biodiversity on the site.
Darroch Wids, Aberdeenshire
This site comprises around 500 hectares of former agricultural land to the South and East of Clashindarroch forest, also known as Coynachie. Over 200 years a mix of open and wooded areas are being restored to create a more biodiverse landscape. A multi-purpose native woodland of conifers and broadleaves is being recreated through planting of species such as birch, oak, ash, hazel and Scots pine, which will support a range of other plants and wildlife.
A 3500 hectare estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, Glenmore is a scenic mix of moorland and forest, with the tranquil Loch Morlich at its heart. Forest Enterprise Scotland is restoring the ancient Caledonian forest by removing exotic conifer species and encouraging natural regeneration of native species. The site is an important tourist facility, attracting over 250,000 people a year to enjoy a range of outdoor activities, the magnificent scenery and the facilities provided at the visitor centre.
Kinloch Hills, Skye
The site comprises more than 7400 hectares of open ground and woodland in Kyleakin and Kinloch Hills in the south east of the Isle of Skye. The site is made up of planted conifers and open ground habitats, including a range of internationally important heath, mire and bog habitats, while native oak and birchwood remnants hug the coastal fringes and deep ravines. More than 900ha (2250 acres) of new native oak and birch woodland is being created by planting trees and encouraging natural regeneration, quadrupling the area of native woodland habitat which will extend from the coastal fringe to the montane treeline, providing habitat for species previously lost to the area such as black grouse.
Drumbow and Crossrigg, near Airdrie
These sites near Airdrie comprise parts of four former farms, areas of coal spoil tips, lowland raised peatbog and poor-quality grassland. The habitat restoration work is expanding old shelter-belts of Scots pine, woodland and rush pasture at Crossrigg, while the bogs and wetlands at nearby Drumbow, which have suffered from historic drainage, are being restored to support an exciting range of plants and wildlife, including rare carnivorous plants, dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies and orchids.