Habitat Restoration

Habitat Restoration

With over 30 years involvement in environmental contracting across the Highlands we are well positioned, equipped and experienced to undertake contracts whilst minimising the damage to the habitats and biodiversity they support.

We can help land managers develop and implement practical solutions to the environmental challenges that lie ahead and will require people and nature to adapt as our climate changes and conservation attitudes evolve.

Hill Track Restoration

“Healing our Hills”

As hill and moorland management practices change, many hill access tracks require a change of use to footpaths,  or complete restoration to blend in with the original landscape profiles.

We have restored tracks for the NTS on Beinn a’ Bhuird in the past and we continue to work for private landowners.

Access Management and Containment

Covid has brought into focus the social value of access to the outdoors.

Along with increased access to the countryside comes increased impacts to the environment.

Paths and desire lines quickly deteriorate if not managed proactively.

Signage and subtle changes to route surroundings can help keep walkers to the desired line, reduce erosion and damage to surrounding vegetation. Access management should also take into account parking, litter, toileting and camping impacts.

Here at Albamontane we can objectively assess the management issues and advise the actions required to make sites suitable for current and future demands.

Wet Land Restoration

Sluice gate installation:

Increasingly, marginal areas used for agriculture in the past are returning to nature, areas artificially drained in the past are being “re-wetted” by blocking channels to raise the water table.

We have successfully fabricated and installed cost-effective steel sluice gates and we offer this capability as part of wider marsh restoration projects.

Habitat Conservation and Management

We offer a bespoke Native breeds grazing service to conservation bodies, land managers and local authorities.

Grazing has a vital role to play in biodiversity by improving, maintaining and enhancing vital habitats and historic sites.Cattle and sheep have their place in grassland management due to their different grazing preferences, cattle are best suited to reducing heavy cover as they tear mouthfuls of vegetation whilst sheep are more selective and more suited to reducing vegetation round archaeological sites.

Native breeds have adapted over time to make the best use of extensive Highland rangelands and pasture
We are trialling the use of “Nofence” grazing technology to provide containment and exclusion zones.

The ability to monitor livestock welfare remotely and target grazing to specific areas on unfenced open land has the potential to transform grass land management.

Rush and Bracken Control

Where Bracken and soft rush are out of control, we offer a topping and weed wiping service.

Scrub Control

We offer scrub control with our excavator mulchers and excavator hydraulic grab, removing tough roots and the manual removal of low level regeneration non-native seedlings on open moorland.

Wildlife Management

We have provided deer management for government bodies for 20 years and adhere to Best Practice Guidelines, with all appropriate and update to date certification.