The Environment on Dunalastair

Availability & Booking

The estate lies in a National Scenic Area between the Cairngorm and Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Parks.

The La Terriere family works closely with conservation bodies in the running of the estate and the estate has been featured on several BBC programmes including BBC Open Country and The Mart.

Habitats

Dunalastair includes a great variety of habitats; the low ground pasture lies around the farms and the land then rises to become extensive hills of heather, including the western half of Schiehallion.  There are pine woods, birch and beech woods and many other native species of trees and plants, as well as some extremely rare plants in sites designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Wildlife

Wild red grouse inhabit the moorland as well as red deer, ptarmigan, hen harriers, eagles and breeding waders such as golden plover. Black grouse  and roe deer inhabit the lower ground amongst the willow and birch woods.  There are also rare moths here.

The low ground and around the loch is the place to see all manner of wildlife from ospreys to red squirrels, pine marten to otters and of course deer, buzzards, gold finches and Scottish crossbill.  There are fascinating ducks, geese and whooper swans as well.  It is a great place for bird watching.  

The east part of Schiehallion was sold to the John Muir Trust in 2000 and that organisation has repaired the footpath up Schiehallion, as it had become an eyesore and environmentally damaged from the many feet tramping up it.

Current Projects

We are currently blocking hill drains to improve the wetland habitat and to make water run off more slowly to stop flooding downstream.

We are continuing to plant thousands of trees, both commercial and native trees to contribute in a small way towards a sustainable planet.

We run a small hydro electric turbine providing renewable electricity to the grid.

And we have joined the Beef Efficiency Scheme, the object of which is to assist in the development of suckler herds to become as efficient as possible. Increasing efficiency will reduce the emissions from beef production and also improve overall herd profitability making a herd more sustainable both economically and environmentally.  The Scheme includes a carbon audit of the farm which will be useful in helping us to make sure our carbon footprint is a low as possible.