Our Northwoods Rewilding Network is an opportunity to return fully functioning wild ecosystems to thousands of acres across Scotland.
We work with a diverse range of land partners to create new native woodlands, restore degraded peatlands and revitalise rivers and wetlands. Rewilding is an effective way of locking up carbon, cleaning our air, enriching our soils and returning wildlife to our landscapes.
The Northwoods Rewilding Fund exists to mobilise meaningful rewilding actions on the ground. Businesses can choose to invest in rewilding across Scotland or alternatively, fund specific projects that are relevant to their location or values, examples of which can be explored below.
CREATE MORE HOMES FOR SCOTLAND’S OSPREYS
The return of this iconic bird of prey is symbolic of what is possible with a change in our relationship with nature. There are now more than 300 breeding pairs of ospreys in Scotland but with natural nest sites becoming scarce, our team of ecologists have been erecting nesting platforms at different sites across the Northwoods Rewilding Network. By investing in further platforms, you can help these quintessentially Scottish birds expand their range.
LOCK AWAY CARBON IN A NATIVE WOODLAND IN PERTHSHIRE
Duncan Pepper is focused on holistic habitat restoration on his former livestock farm in highland Perthshire - improving the soil quality and re-establishing native woodlands. £10,000 will allow him not only to plant 3,000 native broadleaf trees (sequestering approximately 450 tonnes of carbon) but also to create a rich floral understorey – a vital element that is so often neglected in woodland planting projects.
PUT BEAVERS BACK WHERE THEY BELONG
In some parts of Scotland, beavers are subject to lethal control due to their impact on farmland. Rather than shoot them, they could be moved to sites within the Northwoods Rewilding Network where they will help create nature-rich, carbon-storing wetlands without coming into conflict with other land uses. Moving beavers however, is a licensed activity that carries substantial costs. £3,000 would fund the trapping, veterinary screening, release and monitoring for a pair of beavers – putting them back where they belong.
RESTORE WILDLIFE CORRIDORS IN GALLOWAY
Neil and Patricia Picken have taken a bold decision to rewild their 350-acre Balmangan Farm on the Solway coast. £12,000 would allow them to restore 1km of blackthorn and hawthorn hedgerow along the traditional “Galloway dykes” which cross the farm, helping to sequester carbon and creating a rich habitat for pollinators and birds, such as goldfinches, redstarts and thrushes.
HELP REVITALISE SCOTLAND’S RAINFOREST IN ARGYLL
Glenan Wood in Argyll is a wonderful example of the lush rainforest that once grew along much of Scotland’s Atlantic coast. Today, this unique woodland has been reduced to just fragments and threads. The Friends of Glenan Wood are a community group committed to saving and expanding this natural gem for the long-term benefit of both nature and the local community. Sadly, species such as oak and hazel can only regenerate, if extensive temporary deer fencing is erected to protect the young trees.
RESTORE LIFE TO A DEGRADED PEAT BOG ON THE ISLE OF ARRAN
Like so many peat bogs across Scotland, the high ground above David Bennett’s farm on Arran, was drained and planted with non-native conifers in decades past. Now, using established restoration techniques, David wants to return this peatland to good health so that it stores carbon, purifies air and water, and enriches the habitat for short-eared owls and hen harriers.
LET US TELL YOUR REWILDING STORY
A unique element of working with SCOTLAND: The Big Picture is that we recognise the importance of reporting to your staff, customers and investors, on the change your support brings about.
We believe passionately in the power of storytelling and our talented team of writers, photographers and filmmakers, will bring to life the rewilding stories that your investment enables. We want these stories to not only inform, but to inspire a diverse audience to embark on their own rewilding journey.