Woodland Trust Scotland has launched a public appeal to raise £8 million to buy a 4500-acre estate in the Scottish Highlands and manage it to support re-wilding of native species, such as the red squirrel.
Many of the world’s ecosystems have been greatly modified by decades, even centuries, of human exploitation. Restoring some of these ecosystems will require more than just conservation – it will require a restoration of the natural processes and reintroduction of missing native species. This act of restoring ecosystems, called rewilding, has been picking pace in both urban and rural regions across the world.
The rewilding efforts of Woodland Trust Scotland will benefit the ecosystem and people and could also serve as an example for rewilding efforts in the future. The trust is part of the Scotland Rewilding Alliance which is calling on the Scottish government to commit to becoming the world’s first ‘rewilding nation’ before it is set to host the COP26 climate summit in November.
Red squirrel ‘superhighway’ planned for Scottish rewilding project https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/red-squirrel-superhighway-rewilding-scotland-b1942868.html
A Call for the World’s First Rewilding Nation https://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/articles/entry/worlds-first-rewilding-nation-scotland-climate-talks/