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Imagine a Scotland where nature is reawakened. Where the lost tapestry of Scots pine, rowan, birch, oak, aspen, alder and hazel that once draped itself across our hillsides is stitched back together. Where our land and seascapes teem once again with wildlife. Where nature-based enterprises support thriving communities. Where human connections to the natural world are strengthened in villages and cities. Where land and sea, people and wildlife, businesses and culture flourish together.
This is rewilding. Rewilding in Scotland is part of a growing worldwide movement that seeks to bring about the large-scale restoration of ecosystems on land and at sea. Many exciting rewilding initiatives are underway in the Scottish Highlands that will see large areas of forest, peatland and wetland restored and revitalised. These are the places where sea eagles soar, pine martens forage and beavers shape forest and loch. These are the places where one day, lynx might stalk their prey again.
Our journey will blend time spent in beautiful wild places, breathing in the air, listening to the silence. We will picnic alongside cascading rivers and seek out enriching encounters with wild animals. Along the way, we discover and learn about pioneering rewilding projects fighting back for nature and meet the inspiring people involved. At the end of each day, we return to our cosy lodgings where delicious, locally sourced food awaits, and our evenings conclude with several thought-provoking presentations and discussions across a broad spectrum of rewilding topics.