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Near Braemar, Aberdeenshire


Case Study Meall Gorm Woodland Project Near Braemar, Aberdeenshire www.helpingithappen.co.uk
Case Study Meall Gorm Woodland Project The Meall Gorm area of Invercauld Estate was fenced in 2006 after a successful deer fenced regeneration project of 3.3 hectares had been undertaken in 2000.

The area within the deer fence today is approximately 1,660 hectares. The objective was to seek multi-purpose conservation enhancement within the area whilst also maintaining way-marked walking routes and providing sporting stalking.

The project included the removal of 5,000 metres of redundant fences, marking of new fences to mitigate against capercaillie strike risk, managing herbivore impacts (including deer), seeking natural regeneration of, and planting, native tree species thereby creating natural corridors and increasing the woodland edge habitat for priority species including black grouse, capercaillie and red squirrel.

The success of the project has been recently measured with approximately 170 hectares (419 acres) of natural regeneration of native species including Scots Pine, Silver Birch, Alder, Rowan and Juniper achieved since 2006, the creation of around 60 kilometres of new woodland edge and the planting of 32 hectares of new Scots Pine, Birch and Grey and Eared Willow.

The project has demonstrated that very significant natural tree regeneration, native woodland planting, sporting stalking and access management in an area of high public access can be combined successfully for environmental, social and economic benefit with appropriate fencing and herbivore management.
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