Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Plans submitted which would bring world’s first rewilding centre to Glenmoriston estate

An artists impression of what the Dundreggan Rewilding Centre will look like.
An artists impression of what the Dundreggan Rewilding Centre will look like.

A planning application has been submitted for the world’s first rewilding centre, situated in the Highlands.

The application, which was submitted to Highland Council on June 22 by Trees for Life, would transform part of the 10,000-acre Dundreggan Estate, providing a visitor attraction and boosting the local job market.

Trees for Life says the design for the  sitenear Glenmoriston has been inspired by wild native forests and the natural and cultural heritage of the Highlands.

The centre will be created at the 10,000-acre Dundreggan estate, near Glenmoriston

The conservation charity anticipates more than 50,000 visitors annually.

The new venture is also expected to create 15 new jobs.

Steve Micklewright, Trees for Life’s chief executive, said: “Dundreggan Rewilding Centre will be a place for people from all walks of life to rewild themselves by exploring and enjoying a remarkable wild landscape in a beautiful Highland glen, and to spend time learning about the area’s unique wildlife and inspiring Gaelic history.”

As part of the “gateway to the forest and wild outdoors”, a 20-bed accommodation space is to be constructed on the site of the original lodge which will enable longer stays at the estate, including space for students and researchers.

Accessible trails and adventurous walking routes will be constructed alongside family-friendly activities to encourage learning, with a forest play area and wildlife pond.

More family-friendly activities, such as clay squirrel making will be offered at Dundreggan

The estate, which lies by Loch Ness, is home to over 4,000 plant and animal species.

Douglas Gilbert, operations manager, said: “It is really exciting to get to this stage. It is an initiative which will be good news both for wildlife as well as people.

“We hope this will inspire visitors to engage with nature and find out more about wildlife and rewilding.”

Highland Council granted planning permission in principle for the centre in April 2019 with construction expected begin in early 2021.

Funding is still being sought to ensure the schedule of works can be maintained, however, £2 million has already been generated through grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Scottish Natural Heritage’s Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund, as well as the European Regional Development Fund.

The centre is expected to open in 2022.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]