Woodland Trust Buy Ben Shieldaig

© Steve Carter

Conservation charity Woodland Trust Scotland have been successful in their public appeal to raise £1.6 million, the purchase price of Ben Shieldaig estate. They now plan to manage its spectacular native woodland within a wider mix of wild habitats that run from sea to summit. The plan is likely to include a new footpath on the hill too, which is located beside Loch Torridon.

The Trust hope to manage the habitats from sea shore to summit  © Steve Carter
The Trust hope to manage the habitats from sea shore to summit
© Steve Carter

Woodland Trust Scotland Director Carol Evans said:

"This is a rare chance for us to bring a whole mountain under our care. It already supports a magnificent area of ancient Caledonian pinewood and a Scottish rainforest of native birchwood. Perhaps even more exciting is the potential to manage these within a mosaic of their natural neighbours.

"Our aim is to see native woodland, montane scrub and open moorland habitats meshing naturally with each other from sea to sky. That would encapsulate all that a restored landscape can be, not just in Torridon but across the Highlands."

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