Argyll Coastal Afforestation

All Highland Carbon projects are undertaken in a robust biodiversity and landscape conservation framework

 

Due to its violent volcanic past where continents once divided, Western Scotland is one of the few locations on earth where mountains meet the sea.  It is a rugged, wild place where storms arrive straight off the North Atlantic.  Eagles soar over temperate rainforest, hills often shrouded in mist and mountains capped in snow.

This is one of the largest natural habitat rewilding projects planned for the UK.  It is an exceptional landscape conservation project with robust biodiversity credentials.

The estate is home to the direct descendants of Scotland’s wildcat population.  The Scottish wildcat is emblematic of the once vast Caledonian forest which covered most of Scotland during Roman times.  Today, only scattered vestiges of old growth woods remain on craggy and inaccessible locations.  Scottish wildcats are listed as a ‘priority specie’ under the UK’s Biodiversity Action Plan and as one of our ‘Endangered Species’ under UK and EU law.  The project will provide all the natural ingredients to rejuvenate one of the world’s most endangered mammals: habitat restoration, conservation and education programmes.

The Western Highlands are one of the few places on earth where both the Golden eagle, and their dramatically larger cousin the White tailed (sea) eagle, can be found.  The former nest and feed on the interior slopes and the latter are found along the shore.

 

The project will be a beacon of best practice marrying conservation aims with ecotourism.  A Research and Education Centre (see photo for proposed design inspiration) will be built as part of a sustainable ecotourism strategy.  It will be a key resource for NGO and university conservation collaborators.  In addition to conserving the Golden eagle and Scottish wildcat populations on the estate, the project is earmarked for potential future reintroduction of the Eurasian lynx and beaver.

This robust and pioneering approach planned for the estate will encourage other landowners to undertake conservation and rewilding initiatives to generate visitor revenue.

The scheme includes sections of conifers on the high ground and mixed deciduous forest at lower elevation.  Native trees will be planted in a variety of zones, from river valley to high elevation, as they would have naturally occurred in the ancient, wild forest.  The new woodlands to be planted in several glens will complement and the well-established forests on the Estate.

The project offers much needed employment for families in one of the country’s remotest communities.  Jobs supported significantly through the project include deer fencing contractors, earthmovers, tree nursery workers, ecologists, foresters, crofter labour, caterers, B&B owners and more.

Whilst commitments at all levels of offsetting are of course welcome, there is an exceptional opportunity here to support the whole of the project in either a single year or over a number of years.  We can offer branding in relation to the carbon project itself.  Depending upon timing, we may be able to offer branding/naming in relation to a purpose built Conservation and Education Centre.

Highland Carbon provides ESG communications and public relations support to its partners.  There are amazing opportunities for staff engagement onsite as it relates to an explanation of the work planned, overview of conservation impacts and hands-on activities such as tree planting if desired.  Photos of your people volunteering onsite alongside your brand on signage at a wooded glen could be included in your ESG reporting and social media postings.  There is also the opportunity for inspirational drone footage which you could use in your digital ESG reporting, staff communications, investor relations and publicity.

Please contact richard@highlandcarbon.com with the timing and quantity of your offset requirements to receive a pricing proposal and detail of associated benefits.

At a Glance: Argyll Coastal Afforestation

Location

Overlooking the Loch Linnhe estuary on the coast of Argyll, Scotland

In the vicinity of (a) Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in the UK and (b) Glencoe, the site of a famous clan massacre

Offsetting Capacity

350,000 TCO2e

Scale

2,159,000 trees comprising 1493 Hectares across several glens on the Estate

Biodiversity

  • Special Protection Area for Golden eagles

  • Continuous population of endangered Scottish wildcats

  • Conservation opportunities regarding including Pine martens and Red squirrels

  • The estuary itself is home to otters, Basking sharks, Harbour porpoises, Killer whales, Harbour seals and more

  • Site identified for potential future reintroduction of beaver and lynx

  • Location of a Conservation and Education Centre

 

Recognised Offsetting Framework

Woodland Carbon Code

Recognised Offset Standards

PIUs and WCUs

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