Volunteer Earthwatch Expedition

 

 

Help to ‘rewild’ the Scottish Highlands

12 June - 12 August 2018

In the Summer of 2018, Alladale was the location of a pioneering citizen science research project led by the Earthwatch Institute in partnership with The European Nature Trust.

Volunteers had the opportunity to visit and work in the Reserve where they staid at remote Deanich Lodge, functioning as a base for the expedition and enjoyed over a week’s worth of data collection and exploration with the global leaders from Earthwatch.

 

THE STUDY INCLUDED

Biodiversity conservation across multiple taxa (e.g., trees, native plants, birds, herbivores, carnivores), including native species reintroduction and maintenance of genetic diversity;

Human-wildlife coexistence, including the reduction of conflict between humans and wildlife,

The reduction of wildlife damage to crops and forests, and noninvasive pest control;

Food-web functionality including keystone species and biodiversity, and food-web relationships driven by native plants, pollinators, large herbivores, and carnivores;

Climate change adaptation, including using ecological restoration and biodiversity conservation to increase ecological resiliency;

Preserving capacity for climate-change induced range shifts in flora and fauna; and

Geo-spatial studies that measure habitat by cover type (remote sensing) and wildlife use (camera traps ad GPS collars), to help inform future restoration efforts.