|What Scotland's mountains ought to look like below the tree line.|
I have long wanted to visit Glen Affric, this weekend was an opportunity. I needed to take a trailer up to Glen Urquhart to collect hay so decided to make it a two day trip combining this with a walk into Alt Beithe hostel in the heart of the glen.
The walk in to Alt Beithe is about 14 km
on a stony track from the Forestry Commission car park at the S.E., end of Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin (Ben-a-vaydun).
You walk through a succession of woodlands, from mature pine wood, through naturally re-generating woodland where deer and sheep have been excluded out into the higher altitude grassland of the upper valley.
The Forestry Commission, Scottish Natural Heritage and National Trust for Scotland are showing how Scotland's natural woodlands could be restored by excluding deer and sheep.
If you are a "Guardian" reader you'll be familiar with George Monbiot's writing and the case he makes for "re-wilding" Britain. George outlines his philosophy, rationale and strategy in; FERAL, Searching for enchantment on the frontiers of rewilding, Allen Lane, 2013.
We could make a contribution here in Ormsaigbeg by establishing a community woodland on the common grazing!