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22 May 2019

Lottery funding for Mar Lodge Estate

A long straight tarmac drive leads across an enormous lawn area to a large hunting lodge-style building, nestled at the foot of woodland-covered mountains.
Mar Lodge Estate National Nature Reserve
An ambitious project to protect some of Scotland’s most important woodlands is getting underway this year at Mar Lodge Estate National Nature Reserve, thanks to the support of players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

At the People’s Postcode Lottery Gala in March 2019, the Trust received £125,000 for the Woodlands for Wildlife Project on our Mar Lodge Estate NNR, awarded through the Postcode Earth Trust, thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

“Players of the People’s Postcode Lottery have once again supported the Trust's work in protecting Scotland’s nature and wildlife. This funding will enable us to carry out vital work to care for the natural treasures which make Scotland so special and which we all love.”
David Frew
Operations Manager, Mar Lodge Estate

The funding will enable the Trust’s expert conservation team at the UK’s biggest National Nature Reserve carry out a range of important work to look after woodland, particularly their efforts to revive Caledonian pine.

Caledonian pine regrowth on the Lower Quoich at Mar Lodge Estate
Caledonian pine regrowth on the Lower Quoich at Mar Lodge Estate

Efforts will also be focused on protecting montane willow, twinflower and green shield moss – species which are all very important for the health of the reserve’s woodland and the insects, birds and animals that thrive there.

The funding will also support a programme of information and engagement events for the public, involving them in this work and helping them play their part in protecting Scotland’s natural heritage.

A close-up shot of an intricate pattern made by bark beetles as they move across some pieces of bark lying on the grass.
Bark beetles at work at Mar Lodge Estate

People’s Postcode Lottery awarded the funding at their annual charity gala held on 15 March, which was attended by George and Amal Clooney and Nicola Sturgeon.

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