NATURE IN SCOTLAND
Harestone Moss Rewilding
A farm with a difference
Harestone is nestled in the Aberdeenshire countryside, adjacent to an ancient moor. The croft was farmed for years,and now it’s time to do it differently, rewild and give the land time to relax, adjust and recover, without losing the crofting benefits.
Our rewilding plan is to create biodiverse eco- systems that allows nature to rule, but regenerative farming to coexist in harmony. Keystone to our plan, is the recovery & recreation of natural wetlands, providing sanctuary for so many species of birds & insects, essentional for a balanced ecosystem.
WHERE WILD THINGS HAPPEN
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WILD PLAN OVERVIEW
PLANT NATIVE TREES
Changing the landscape of Scotland - One pixel at a time
In 2020 we flooded a small section of land that had been drained in the 1950’s, a trend at the time in which much of the natural bogland in Scotland was lost. So we created a small scale test to see what happens when the industrial drainage is removed. We were amazed at the changes that happened!
This was undoubtedly the catalyst for our larger scale – Marshes project – and the wild plan was born.
Our aim is to arrive at a multi-layered natural landscape and working to truly connect land management in farming, large natural spaces and where fresh water retention will be the key to diverse ecosystems and carbon retention.
As we record every step we make, we hope to offer a small scale template for other landowners to be able to create a viable land based business, while regenerating and ensure nature is winning.
Wild stepping-stones across Scotland
The Importance of wetlands
Healthy water systems are the cornerstone of most rewilding projects. Being important habitats for thousands of species, they also function as migration routes for many others, and play a key role in the connectivity of ecosystems. Healthy wetlands are among the most ecologically abundant places in the world.
A wetland can be anything from bog, scrape, reedbed, marsh, pond, wet woodland. Wetlands in Scotland have been altered dramatically as has the way that water flows through farms and landscapes. Rewilding this can be a way of dramatically transforming the land.
If we restore water to its natural state, biodiversity will follow. We hope to achieve this from our variety of water based projects. The most exciting of these is the marches, where we believe we will see an amazing transformation and species return
Monitoring our wild plan is of huge importance.
This will be achieved in various ways, and you can watch the land evolving and changing over the years.