Scotland, UK
Alladale Wilderness Reserve

Spanning a vast 23,000 acres, Alladale Wilderness Reserve is home to an ambitious rewilding project that is restoring native habitats and wildlife in the rugged terrain of the Scottish Highlands. Reforestation is at the core of the Reserve’s efforts, with their biggest project to date planting 920,000 saplings.

The mosaic of habitats at the Alladale includes deciduous and coniferous woodlands, peatland, grasslands and wetlands, creating homes for a diverse range of wildlife, including mountain hares, pine martens, red squirrels, ptarmigan, black grouse and golden eagles – to name just a few! Highland cattle are also a key part of the landscape for conservation grazing.

NatureSpy are collaborating with Mossy Earth to support Alladale with camera trap surveys. Camera trapping in such a diverse landscape comes with its challenges, but we’re always seeking to innovate and figure out how to get those all-important images of elusive wildlife. In 2021 we supported a species inventory survey that captured images of 56 species across the reserve. In 2022 we’re targeting our camera surveys towards mountain hares and pine martens to support their conservation.

Who's Involved
Alladale Wilderness Reserve
Mossy Earth
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Species of Interest
Project Aims
Why Did Alladale Need Help?
How is NatureSpy Helping?
  • Watervole
  • Otter
  • Pine marten
  • Mountain Hare
  • Red Squirrel
  • Badger
  • Stoat
  • Weasel
  • Fox
  • Roe deer
  • Ptarmigan
  • Black grouse
  • Red grouse
  • Woodcock
  • Waterfowl
  • Songbirds
  • Birds of prey
  • Alladale's focus in 2021 was to gain a greater understanding of which species are present and in which habitats.
  • Additionally they wanted to gather engaging images in the process to share with a wider audience for engagement purposes.
  • Following the surveys in 2021, we've partnered with Mossy Earth and shifted our focus to mountain hares and pine martens to learn more about their status and support their conservation across the reserve.
  • Alladale had 2 main issues when it came to surveying the site using camera traps: The first was the sheer size of the area. Surveying across 23,000 acres requires a lot of camera traps. The Reserve already had 12 but more were required to cover the mix of habitats on site for the 2021 survey.
  • The second concern was that the Reserve features a lot of rugged and open terrain and these site can be very challenging places to setup camera traps effectively!
  • We loaned the reserve 18 camera traps in 2021, taking their total up to 30, meaning they can cover more ground in more areas.
  • We’ve provided technical support with how best to use the trail cameras in the more challenging areas for camera trap setups.
  • We’ve assisted in the setup of cameras for target species of interest, including water voles and otters.
  • In 2022 we've shifted our survey focus at the reserve to pine martens and mountain hares to learn more out their local populations and support their conservation. We're sharing our expertise in monitoring pine martens and trialling a camera trap survey method for monitoring mountain hares.
Project News
08/22
10/21
Camera Used
The Browning Recon Force Elite HP4 is used for its first-rate video quality and excellent battery life.
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