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In pictures: The Caledonian Forest

Cairngorms Connect is a new project in Scotland bringing together land-owning NGOs, public bodies and private landowners to work on nature conservation in one of the biggest schemes of its kind in the UK.

The view from the Snow Hole Image copyright Paul Glendell

Between them the landowners manage an area of 700 sq km of mountains, forests and rivers.

Forest Image copyright Paul Glendell
Glenfeshie Image copyright Paul Glendell

Twenty years ago Glenfeshie near Aviemore looked very different; no young trees were able to grow because of browsing by red deer.

But Dr David Hetherington of the Cairngorms National Park Authority says that following a change of ownership and management, deer numbers have been brought down through culling to much lower levels that are consistent with tree regeneration.

For the first time in more than 100 years, the area abounds with new growth and many animals are also benefiting from the the landscape being more healthy.

Interactive Regeneration of the Caledonian forest

Glenfeshie 2017

Glenfeshie  2017

Glenfeshie 1997

Glenfeshie 1997
Glenfeshie Image copyright Paul Glendell

Natural seeding from the remaining "granny pines" and birch trees is resulting in regrowth of the forest.

Glenfeshie Image copyright Paul Glendell
Glenfeshie Image copyright Paul Glendell

"In 100 years' time this landscape is going to look very different - it's going to be a lot more wooded," says Dr Hetherington. "It is also better for the tourism sector and natural flood management."

Glenfeshie Image copyright Paul Glendell
Glenfeshie Image copyright Paul Glendell

All photos copyright Paul Glendell

You can see more of Paul Glendell's work on his website.

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