Mar 10 2022

Glen Finglas Extended

The Trust’s biggest UK site just got a little bit bigger!


We have acquired a 99-year lease on 77 hectares of land at Portnellan  – between Loch Venachar and the A821.


Portnellan will provide a new winter home for Glen Finglas’ prize-winning pedigree herd of Luing cattle whose grazing is essential to the conservation management of rare woodland habitats across the estate.


The land currently has little tree cover except for a few mature roadside and field boundary trees. Around 20 hectares of the poorer pasture will be planted with new broadleaf woodland. The better land will provide grazing and silage for the herd. A further 60 hectares of native woodland will be created elsewhere on the estate – on ground previously needed for the conservation cattle but freed up by their move to Portnellan.



Luing Cattle at Glen Finglas. Pic by Niall Benvie.


Moray Estates gave Woodland Trust “first refusal” on the ground with an off-market offer on a 99-year lease.


Our cattle are used to manage the upland wood pasture and valuable open habitats in the upper glens through the summer months. In the winter we need to bring them to lower ground. Currently the fields along the east side of the reservoir are used prior to bringing them down to the home fields for calving in February and March. Having the additional good grazing land at Portnellan will allow us to expand and connect the existing woodland areas around Glen Finglas reservoir, linking the woodland in Glen Finglas, Gleann Meann and Glen Casaig through to the woodland on Lendrick Hill.


Support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery helped secure the extension.


Woodland Trust Scotland is currently celebrating 25 years managing Glen Finglas Estate which covers more than 4800ha of mountain and moorland.


The estate was previously an almost tree-less sheep farm. Over a million native trees have been planted and some 1800 ha of new native woodland created. Over 100 ha of peatland has been restored.


Check out the dedicated web page for more information on what has been achieved over the last quarter century: including a short video.


Together with neighbouring land owned by RSPB, and Forestry and Land Scotland, Glen Finglas Estate makes up The Great Trossachs Forest National Nature Reserve, which is as big as Greater Glasgow.





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