Green birchwoods carpet Glen Mor

Why Protecting Scotland's Natural World is Important to Mossy Earth

Green birchwoods carpet Glen Mor

Why Protecting Scotland's Natural World is Important to Mossy Earth

Scotland's natural world is undeniably beautiful, with its vast mountain vistas, forested glens and crystal clear lochs. It's no surprise that many people consider Scotland to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world. That's just one of the reasons that Mossy Earth is passionate about protecting Scotland's environment. Outlined below are some of the reasons Mossy Earth has chosen Scotland as the location for our next rewilding project.

1. Wild Habitats

2. A Wildlife Refuge

3. Reversing Climate Breakdown

4. Reconnecting People with Nature

5. Joining the Movement

Scotland's natural world is undeniably beautiful, with its vast mountain vistas, forested glens and crystal clear lochs. It's no surprise that many people consider Scotland to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world. That's just one of the reasons that Mossy Earth is passionate about protecting Scotland's environment. Outlined below are some of the reasons Mossy Earth has chosen Scotland as the location for our next rewilding project.

1. Wild Habitats

2. A Wildlife Refuge

3. Reversing Climate Breakdown

4. Reconnecting People with Nature

5. Joining the Movement

Wild Habitats

The landscape of the British Isles has undergone centuries of use and misuse. Despite this, there are many reasons to celebrate Scotland's natural world. Scotland is still home to rich, biodiverse and rare habitats. The Caledonian Pinewood is the UK's only native pine forest and home to a diversity of wildlife and plant species, including the extremely rare twinflower. The Celtic Rainforest of Scotland's west coast is home to rare lichen communities, mosses and liverworts. Scotland also has a significant amount of the European (and world) resource of blanket peat bog, a rare habitat that covers much of the Highlands. With the longest coastline of the British Isles, Scotland has a unique opportunity to rewild our ocean habitats as well.  

The pink bell-shaped flowers of twinflower bring colour to the forest floor

Wild Habitats

The landscape of the British Isles has undergone centuries of use and misuse. Despite this, there are many reasons to celebrate Scotland's natural world. Scotland is still home to rich, biodiverse and rare habitats. The Caledonian Pinewood is the UK's only native pine forest and home to a diversity of wildlife and plant species, including the extremely rare twinflower. The Celtic Rainforest of Scotland's west coast is home to rare lichen communities, mosses and liverworts. Scotland also has a significant amount of the European (and world) resource of blanket peat bog, a rare habitat that covers much of the Highlands. With the longest coastline of the British Isles, Scotland has a unique opportunity to rewild our ocean habitats as well.  

The pink bell-shaped flowers of twinflower bring colour to the forest floor

Twinflower (Linnea boraealis) covers the forest floor of a Scottish pinewood.

A Wildlife Refuge

Scotland is a refuge for species that are absent from England, Wales and Ireland and a stronghold for otherwise rare species. Capercaillie and wildcats have been entirely lost from the rest of the United Kingdom, but can still be found in small populations in Scotland. Rare species like the pine marten and red squirrel are thriving in the Caledonian pinewoods that carpet Scottish glens. These forests are also home to the Scottish crossbill, the UK's only endemic bird species.

A wildcat rests in the green grass of its enclosure with a foreground of yellow flowers
A wildcat rests in the green grass of its enclosure with a foreground of yellow flowers

A Wildlife Refuge

Scotland is a refuge for species that are absent from England, Wales and Ireland and a stronghold for otherwise rare species. Capercaillie and wildcats have been entirely lost from the rest of the United Kingdom, but can still be found in small populations in Scotland. Rare species like the pine marten and red squirrel are thriving in the Caledonian pinewoods that carpet Scottish glens. These forests are also home to the Scottish crossbill, the UK's only endemic bird species.

Reversing Climate Breakdown

With warming temperatures and extreme weather events more common than ever, Scotland offers an important opportunity to help combat the breakdown of the planet's climate. By planting trees and restoring forests, we can keep carbon stored in trees and out of our atmosphere. Peatland ecosystems are also a hugely efficient carbon sink. Though many peatlands have been actively dried out for exploitation, for example, to plant commercial conifer plantations, re-wetting this important ecosystem will help recapture huge amounts of carbon.

Pink heather blooms against a backdrop of yellow vegetation
A person walks their dog along the glen under the colours of a faint rainbow

Reconnecting People with Nature

Creating a wilder Scotland doesn't mean removing people from the land. Thanks to the 'right to roam' law, Scotland's landscapes are accessible to everyone and they are enjoyed by an ever-increasing number of people. By restoring ecosystems to their full potential, we can all enjoy a wilder, richer and more vibrant natural world.

Joining the Movement

Scotland is changing already, for the better. Large-scale habitat restoration projects are underway, species that were eradicated decades ago are reclaiming former ground and more and more people are embracing the vision of a wilder Scotland. There is no better time to join the Scottish rewilding movement and that's why, with your support, Mossy Earth is setting out on a new venture to rewild Scotland.

A carpet of green grass and tall pines and birches cover the glen and hillsides

Pine and birch trees cover the hillsides in Glen Mor at Alladale Wilderness Reserve

A Scottish wildcat (Felis silvestris) at the breeding facility at Alladale Wilderness Reserve.

Reversing Climate Breakdown

With warming temperatures and extreme weather events more common than ever, Scotland offers an important opportunity to help combat the breakdown of the planet's climate. By planting trees and restoring forests, we can keep carbon stored in trees and out of our atmosphere. Peatland ecosystems are also a hugely efficient carbon sink. Though many peatlands have been actively dried out for exploitation, for example, to plant commercial conifer plantations, re-wetting this important ecosystem will help recapture huge amounts of carbon.

Pink heather blooms against a backdrop of yellow vegetation

Sources & further reading

✅ for peer reviewed research

  1. 1.“SCOTLAND: A Rewilding Journey” – SCOTLAND: The Big Picture 2017 – scotlandthebigpicture.com
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  3. 2.“Rewilding – A new paradigm for nature conservation in Scotland” – C. Brown, R. Mcmorran, M.F. and Price 2012 – Scottish Geographical Journal - Vol 127, Issue 4 – tandfonline.com ✅
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  5. 3. “Scotland meets tree planting target for first time” – BBC 2019 – bbb.co.uk
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  7. 4. Peatland ACTION case study: What's the connection between peat and carbon storage?” Scottish Natural Heritage – nature.scot
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  9. 5. “Don’t be scared of bringing back wolves to Scotland, says expert” – The Scotsman 2019 – scotsman.com
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  11. 6. “15 species that should be brought back to rewild Britain” – The Guardian 2015 – theguardian.com
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  13. 7. “Rewilding Scotland” – Mossy Earth 2019 – mossyearth
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  15. 8. “Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding”– George Monbiot 2013 – Penguin – penguin.co.uk

Reconnecting People with Nature

Creating a wilder Scotland doesn't mean removing people from the land. Thanks to the 'right to roam' law, Scotland's landscapes are accessible to everyone and they are enjoyed by an ever-increasing number of people. By restoring ecosystems to their full potential, we can all enjoy a wilder, richer and more vibrant natural world.

A person walks their dog along the glen under the colours of a faint rainbow

Joining the Movement

Scotland is changing already, for the better. Large-scale habitat restoration projects are underway, species that were eradicated decades ago are reclaiming former ground and more and more people are embracing the vision of a wilder Scotland. There is no better time to join the Scottish rewilding movement and that's why, with your support, Mossy Earth is setting out on a new venture to rewild Scotland.

A carpet of green grass and tall pines and birches cover the glen and hillsides

Pine and birch trees cover the hillsides in Glen Mor at Alladale Wilderness Reserve.

Sources & further reading

✅ for peer reviewed research

  1. 1.“SCOTLAND: A Rewilding Journey” – SCOTLAND: The Big Picture 2017 – scotlandthebigpicture.com
  2.  
  3. 2.“Rewilding – A new paradigm for nature conservation in Scotland” – C. Brown, R. Mcmorran, M.F. and Price 2012 – Scottish Geographical Journal - Vol 127, Issue 4 – tandfonline.com ✅
  4.  
  5. 3. “Scotland meets tree planting target for first time” – BBC 2019 – bbb.co.uk
  6.  
  7. 4. Peatland ACTION case study: What's the connection between peat and carbon storage?” Scottish Natural Heritage – nature.scot
  8.  
  9. 5. “Don’t be scared of bringing back wolves to Scotland, says expert” – The Scotsman 2019 – scotsman.com
  10.  
  11. 6. “15 species that should be brought back to rewild Britain” – The Guardian 2015 – theguardian.com
  12.  
  13. 7. “Rewilding Scotland” – Mossy Earth 2019 – mossyearth
  14.  
  15. 8. “Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding”– George Monbiot 2013 – Penguin – penguin.co.uk