21st november 2010, Excursion to Alladale Wilderness Reserve

We hoped for a sparkling, dry day, Sunday 21st November 2010.  It was dry almost throughout, and the outline of the sun could be seen occasionally.  The outdoor experience was great, of course.

We were privileged to have Innes McNeill to guide, explain and comment on Alladale which is such a beautiful and dramatic estate. He showed us the Elk in their new enclosure and after a short trip by Landrover we saw a few of the Wild Boar. Innes is the Wilderness Reserve Manager at Alladale so he knows every imported animal and also manages the numbers and habitat of the really wild ones.

He explained the regime for keeping the Elk healthy and how the Wild Boar experiment had fared. We were shown tree planting from previous years and Innes explained the new thinking on the future tree planting programme and we were intrigued to see inside the new micro hydro-electric generating station which provides electricity to the estate.

Our thanks go to Innes and to Sadie and Jane who, as darkness fell, hosted our group, serving hot refreshment and home baked treats.

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