Sauchie Home farms sit in a rural setting near Stirling, close to the headwaters of the Sauchie Burn. The landholding is characterised by open fields and mature oak woods. Historically, the land has been farmed intensively for livestock, but has now begun a transition with nature recovery as the primary goal.
Key rewilding commitments:
- MORE NATIVE WOODLAND: Create deer-secure planting enclosures to reduce linearity of fields and to facilitate natural regeneration within existing woodlands. Undertake native tree planting only where seed sources are lacking
- MORE SPACE FOR WATER: Open-up field drains and create scrapes to increase the amount of standing water on site. Where appropriate, install leaky dams.
- JOINED UP HABITATS: Remove redundant fencing
- REINSTATE NATURAL GRAZING: Phased removal of sheep and exploring alternative rewilding grazing options
- CONNECT WITH COMMUNITIES: Hold nature-related events for the public in relation to wildlife and wider biodiversity
“We are in a climate and biodiversity crisis. Rewilding the land around us is our way of giving Nature a fighting chance.”
Val and Peter King