Nov 01 2021

Couldoran Takes Us Beyond 30,000ha

Couldoran Estate, Wester Ross, Scotland (Header image and image by John MacPherson)

We have launched an £8million public appeal to buy the Couldoran Estate in Wester Ross and manage it for people and wildlife over the coming decades.
Couldoran neighbours the Trust’s existing site at Ben Shieldaig and the two are to be managed jointly.
As a result Ben Shieldaig will become the second largest site we have in the UK at 3018ha, just behind Glen Finglas at 4800ha.
The acquisition also takes our total landholding across the UK to over 30,000ha – a long cherished ambition and a major thing we were aiming for in time for 2025.
Couldoran is in relatively poor condition. Once restoration is underway, we hope many of the iconic species we have at Ben Shieldaig will flood back in. An initial walkover survey has revealed potential for over 1000 acres of new native woodland.
Establishing trees on the site will help link up isolated areas of ancient woodland across the wider landscape – allowing wildlife to move more freely between the SSSI pinewood at Ben Shieldaig and the Rassal Ashwood SSSI several miles away along Glen Shieldaig.
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