Glen Affric is considered by many to be the most beautiful glen in Scotland, and it also contains one of the largest remnants of the Caledonian Forest. This has been described as ‘the largest extent of least disturbed forest in the country’, and work to help the forest regenerate there has been underway since the 1960s. The headwaters of the glen are largely tree-less, but there is a great opportunity to extend the forest westwards, creating an east-west habitat corridor, and also south to Glenmoriston, in a large-scale expansion of rewilding.
In this presentation I provide an introduction to the Caledonian Forest in Glen Affric, its special features and species, and an overview of some of the work carried out there in recent decades to help the forest regenerate and expand. The talk also covers some of the obstacles and problems affecting the recovery of the ecosystem, and an inspiring, positive vision for the re-establishment of a natural forest corridor stretching through to the west coast, and also southwards to link up with the existing forest remnants in Glenmoriston.
If you would like me to give this talk to a group or at an event, please contact me.