Our goal is to keep Abernethy special for wildlife and people for generations to come.
The surviving forest is ageing and fragmented, struggling to exist. We will be planting trees by the thousand. But that's not all. We also want the trees to grow back under their own terms.
Seedlings can't fight through the thick cover of heather. But by burning or cutting away the heather that stands at the edge of the current tree line, they'll be able to do just that.
It's not just about trees, though. Our reserve is also the focus for vital research and monitoring work, including using satellite-tracking technology to find out what happens to our young ospreys on their first migrations. Being able to track the birds' journeys will add to our knowledge and understanding of the ospreys' lives and can help inform future conservation work.
Abernethy Forest will help us respond to new conservation challenges such as climate change and rapidly declining biodiversity, too.