Taking in amazing primeval forests, dramatic glens and sparkling highland lochs in search of spectacular wildlife.
Rewilding is the large-scale restoration of naturally functioning ecosystems on land and at sea. This means allowing nature to do more of its own thing and to establish natural processes that result in habitats brimming with wildlife.
Some people call rewilding 'the conservation of the future' and although the UK falls behind the rest of Europe when it comes to rewilding, there are many exciting initiatives underway in the Scottish Highlands.
Our adventure will be enhanced by fascinating discussions, picnic lunches in the field and of course, the odd coffee stop.
A key element of rewilding is for communities to see the benefit in restoring wild landscapes and wildlife populations, by creating new economic opportunities which allow them to thrive. We believe healthy nature and healthy communities go hand in hand. Our Rewilding Retreats demonstrate and support this philosophy.
Our retreats visit inspiring rewilding projects where we’ll hear first-hand from the experts on the ground who will provide fascinating insights into their work and explain why rewilding is so beneficial to both wildlife and people.
Taking in amazing primeval forests, dramatic glens and sparkling highland lochs in search of the spectacular wildlife that lives there, such as ospreys, eagles, red squirrels, pine martens, beavers and otters.
*All photo credits to SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
"Staring into a Scottish landscape, I have often asked myself why – in spite of all appearances – bracken, rocks, man and sea are at some level one."
- Hugh MacDiarmid
James is an award-winning nature photographer, filmmaker and guide with a passion for rewilding based in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland. Having studied a BSc in Zoology with Conservation and an MSc in Science Communication he has a thorough understanding of conservation issues and a wide array of skills in multimedia production.
James is one of the directors at SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, a non-profit social enterprise focused on rewilding advocacy and communications.
James has helped create films and books, all with an emphasis on rewilding and currently heads up their Rewilding Retreats programme.
As an advocate for ecotourism as one of the economic benefits of rewilding, James has been guiding nature lovers and photographers across the Scottish Highlands for several years. He will take you in search of amazing wildlife, visit inspiring rewilding initiatives on the ground and explore the potential for a wilder landscape, where land and sea, people and wildlife, businesses and culture flourish together.
“Quite frankly I’m addicted to nature. I can’t emphasise enough that time spent in the wild is good for your body and mind. Hiking to a mountain top for sunrise or walking amongst the gnarled Scots pines of the Caledonian pinewoods are mesmerising experiences, only heightened by armies of woodants building nests, red squirrels performing arboreal acrobatics or the heart stopping glimpses of golden eagle. There’s so much to explore in the natural world and every time you head outside you’ll see or learn something new, no matter how big or small, and that’s the excitement of nature.”