The term re-wilding comes from the idea that conservationists should move beyond trying to protect beauty spots or species and focus on rebuilding ecosystems that could sustain themselves with minimal human interference.
At the Kilchoan estate the term “re-wilding” refers more to ecological restoration, reestablishing the area to its state before human interference. The estate leads different ecological restoration projects at the property such as native tree planting and the removal of invasive and non-native species. The Kilchoan estate is a small part of a much larger movement aiming to allow nature space and time to recover and natural processes to re-start after the intensity of human activity that so much of the planet has been subject to.
The estate is not alone in this project and it is part of a nationwide movement creating a matrix of “wildlands” which act as corridors and connected spaces. With careful consideration, observation and through collaboration with multiple organisations, the actions of the Kilchoan initiative will manage and enrich this beautiful part of Scotland for the benefit of all animals, plants and fungi and of course, mankind.
Melfort Hill Plantions
The Kilchoan Initiative is undertaking the restoration of woodland, which once covered the slopes of Melfort Hill as well as carefully managing the existing semi-natural ancient Atlantic rainforest. The woodland plantings cover over 750 acres over four main compartments, all enclosed within the protection of 10km of deer fence. 123,000 native trees covering two distinct woodland types have been planted replicating the surviving woodland and adding to this fragile and fragmented habitat. Restoration and care of the existing woodland extends to relieving grazing pressure and removal of non-native and invasive species. As with all conscious land stewardship our work is carried out with careful consideration and in-depth monitoring.