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The Geographical Podcast – Building wilderness: The plot to restore the ecosystem of the Scottish Highlands

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Glen Mhoir, at Alladale Wilderness Reserve Glen Mhoir, at Alladale Wilderness Reserve Jacob Dykes
16 Feb
2021
For the second instalment of The Geographical Podcast, we explore the ambitious plot to restore the ecosystem at Alladale Wilderness Reserve

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Building wilderness: The plot to restore the ecosystem of the Scottish Highlands

Although beautiful, the rolling hills and snaking glens of the Scottish Highlands are, in fact, landscapes that have been damaged by human beings. Much of the Scottish Highlands was once coated in a rich blanket of trees that formed the ‘Great Forest of Caledonia’. Over the centuries most of this forest was lost to agricultural incursions. Vast tracts of old-growth forest were removed; species like wolves, lynx, boar and even bear were hunted out; and the ecosystem services of diverse forests and peatlands were altered.

At one former deer-hunting estate north of Inverness, a process of restoration is taking place. Workers at Alladale Wilderness Reserve have planted more than two million trees; red squirrel, golden and white-tailed eagle numbers have soared; wolves could one day join their ranks. For this small team of young rangers and conservationists, the vision of a restored wilderness stretches far into the future.

Land management approaches are a theme of this month’s magazine. Chile is full of stunning landscapes, but its people can’t always gain access to them. Now, a bold campaign to create a breathtaking national park on the outskirts of Santiago could become the biggest conservation story in Chilean history. We speak with contributor Matt Maynard about the ‘Queremos Parque’ movement.

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Alladale Wilderness Reserve: https://alladale.com/

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