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 supporting the Alladale with camera trap loans, technical support and advice on camera setups to target species of interest. 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 – we can’t wait to share some videos from Alladale Wilderness Reserve!

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Alladale Wilderness Reserve
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Species of Interest
Project Aims
Project Strategy
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
  • Alladales main current focus is to gain a greater understanding of which species are present and in which habitats.
  • Additionally they want to gather engaging images in the process to share with a wider audience for engagement purposes.
  • To help achieve these aims the project strategy is to use camera traps to create a species inventory and inform wildlife conservation objectives.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
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The Browning Recon Force Elite HP4 is used for its first-rate video quality and excellent battery life.
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