The objective of the project is to establish native tree and shrub cover in a wooded landscape, up to the natural limit on Abernethy National Nature Reserve (NNR), and to achieve this by the year 2210.

The current forest at Abernethy is around 4,000ha. RSPB’s 200 year vision is to extend this forest area across heaths and mires (moorlands) to the south of the existing forest, up to an altitude of around 650m AOD. This means extending the forest to its natural limit for tree and scrubby woodland growth. The outcome will be a further 3,500ha of ‘wooded landscape’ – i.e. a mix of forest, bog woodland, open mires, grasslands, screes and crags. We anticipate around 50% of this ‘expansion area’ having significant tree cover. The outcome will be a significantly extended natural forest and a substantial addition of native pinewood (Caledonian pinewood) – a rare habitat in UK terms.

Abernethy Forest Expansion ES - revised submission Aug 2011 (PDF 3.5MB)