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Give Ben Shieldaig a bright future

You helped us climb a mountain

We were given the incredibly rare opportunity to purchase our very first mountain and thanks to your help, Ben Shieldaig is now in our care. In under two months your fantastic donations helped us raise the purchase price of £1.6 million, £200,000 of which is thanks to support from players of the People's Postcode Lottery. 

Situated in a breathtaking coastal setting in the West Highlands, Ben Shieldaig is made up of around 3,800 acres of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery.

It’s a rare hub of unique wildlife: golden eagles soar, pine marten climb the trees, otters play by the shore and red squirrels nest in ancient Caledonian pinewood. It is also home to a Scottish rainforest of native birchwood which supports some of the world’s rarest lichens, liverworts and oceanic bryophytes.

Red squirrels can be found at Ben Shieldaig (Photo: iStock)

We still need your help to keep Scotland's natural heritage alive

Unfortunately, much of Scotland’s ancient and special woodland is unmanaged and beginning to degrade. The hills around Ben Shieldaig were once much more densely forested, however today only individual trees and fragments of scattered woodland remain.

The pine marten is another rare species found at Ben Shieldaig (Photo: iStock)

 

Human impact and high deer numbers continue to threaten the woods, and unless we can make the estate as resilient and healthy as possible, they will disappear – along with the wildlife that relies on them. 

Help us fulfill our vision

Ben Shieldaig is an entire ecosystem in one of the best known upland landscapes in the UK. Woodland creation schemes of this magnitude seldom become available, especially not at such an iconic location.

This is where you come in. We need to raise £3.4 million to fulfill our vision for the Ben Shieldaig estate in Torridon. We will use this money over the next 20 years to begin the process of planting, protecting and regenerating this Site of Special Scientific Interest and let Ben Shieldaig and its wildlife thrive and flourish.

With your help we can:

  • Use our expertise to manage the woodland, combining careful woodland creation with natural regeneration and effective deer management
  • Fence areas of land to allow natural regeneration in the short-term, and in the long-term, once deer numbers are managed, remove fences from established woodland
  • Ensure new and existing fences have gates and stiles to allow visitor access, so our visitors can enjoy the stunning views from the summit across to Skye and the Outer Hebrides
  • Consult with the local community so we can take their ideas on board, and continue working with neighbouring landowners
  • Habitats will eventually link up, in turn creating new networks for wildlife and improving the resilience of the land.
The brightly coloured black darter dragonfly has been recorded at Ben Shieldaig (Photo: Richard Becker/WTML)

It’s a huge responsibility and achieving our vision is going to take at least 20 years – but it will be worth the wait. Please give what you can – every pound you give will make a difference.

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