We worked on a three-month feasibility study funded through Innovate UK’s Sustainable Innovation Fund to assist Highlands Rewilding – a new company founded by eco-entrepreneur Jeremy Leggett – to map soil fauna and fungi across the 511-hectare Bunloit estate on the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland.
Highlands Rewilding aims to be one of the world’s most impactful accelerators of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) implementation, with the site aiming to become a beacon of hope in addressing the dual challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss. Restoration and rewilding practices implemented across the estate will enable species and ecosystem recovery, which in turn delivers carbon sequestration and community prosperity.
In this pilot, we worked with Ecosulis as part of the CreditNATURE project. Our eDNA Soil and Sediments service provided a rich bank of data, demonstrating the power of this approach for establishing biological baselines against which progress can be measured and interventions planned going forward.