Whether you’re a business looking to bring your net zero story to life or a landholder keen to unlock the potential of your estate, Caledonian Climate has the experience and expertise to make it happen.
Dip into our portfolio of peatland projects to explore the progress we have already made in terms of supporting our clients, helping communities across the Scottish Highlands, and making a positive, long-term impact on tackling climate and nature change.
Case study – Allt Achadh na Sine peatland restoration
Caledonian Climate’s role in Scotland’s largest peatland restoration project is already delivering significant climate change and biodiversity benefits.
The Caledonian Climate team is playing a vital role in the largest peatland restoration project in Scotland. Lochrosque Estate’s peatland restoration programme, in the west Highlands, covers an area of 251 hectares and has required the creation of more than 8,000 timber and peat dams.
As with many Highlands estates, Lochrosque has significant areas of peatland, some of which has been degraded from decades of erosion and over-grazing. This left deep, exposed peat bogs with poor biodiversity and increasing soil erosion.
In keeping with the land management objectives of the wider estate, Lochrosque embarked on a multi-year peatland restoration programme in 2018.
Although only part of the way through the 10-year restoration, the following achievements reflect the success of the project so far:
Case study – Dos Mhucarain peatland restoration
At Dos Mhucarain Caledonian Climate has welcomed the challenge of restoring 484 hectares of blanket bog within the Highlands of Scotland. With an aim to improve the biodiversity of the area as well as to enhance water quality, over 155,000 metres of degraded haggs have been reprofiled across the project. Along with the damming and creation of pool systems, this site has been firmly set on the path back to its natural state.
Dos Mhucarain consists of a large expanse of blanket bog with severely degraded hagg systems and bare peat areas leading to a major loss of peat soil.
Man-made channels criss-cross the landscape draining the water that is vital to the otherwise near constant growth of bogs.
Water vole populations have bounced back due to the creation of pool systems within previously bare areas of peat.
An initial trial of seeding sphagnum in pools has led to strong colonies of the peat building moss that benefit insect life and therefore mammal and bird life.
The damming of artificial drains has reduced the mortality of ground nesting birds that before, were prone to falling into channels and being unable to get out, ultimately starving.
The following achievements reflect the success of the project so far: