Annual reports for the Natural Capital Laboratory
All annual reports are available here
Digital Natural Capital Account
AECOM’s Digital Natural Capital Account is live. Explore it for the full spectrum of what’s happening on site and the annual reports. You’ll find videos, maps, drones, artificial intelligence, satellite data, thermal imaging, 3D visualisations, virtual reality and more!
This Digital Natural Capital Accounting tool is the first of its kind, and has been developed to provide an engaging way of communicating and monitoring the habitats, species, ecosystem services and environmental and social values associated with the NCL within a spatial context
For the best experience, view on a larger screen
Missing Species & Fungal Diversity Reports
Alan Watson Featherstone, founder of rewilding charity Trees For Life, has undertaken a review of the species missing from the site and the potential to restore these species through the rewilding process. Working with Alan is particularly special on a personal level because his long-term commitment to regenerating the Caledonian Forest was an initial inspiration for Emi & Roger
David Satori has provided a baseline fungal diversity survey to help build critical knowledge of the distribution, abundance, and seasonality of fungi, especially those of conservation concern. David is the co-founder of Rhizocore Technologies, producing locally-adapted mycorrhizal fungi to aid reforestation efforts. He’s also the founder of Rewilding Mycology, a conservation advocacy organisation aiming to reverse the ongoing decline of fungi
Alan and David’s studies will help inform future decisions about rewilding the site and The Lifescape Project’s Lead Ecologist, Deborah Brady, have coordinated and contributed to the studies
Full reports available on request
Forest Interpretation Hut
The forest interpretation hut designed and build by Northwoods Design is open
Birchfield as a film set!
We were delighted to offer Birchfield as the set for The Lies of our Confines, a new short British horror film by director Leon Oldstrong. We jumped out of our seats… that’s all we’ll say
the full short is streaming on Discovery+
The official trailer
And here’s the “making of” documentary, which we urge you to watch
Talks & Interviews
Universitè de Fribourg, Switzerland
The Université de Fribourg – Universität Freiburg, Environmental Sciences & Humanities, UniFR_ESH Institute, invited me to participate in a workshop on Animals, Compassion and Conservation. I talked about non-lethal deer management in a rewilding context at Birchfield Highlands Forest Rewilding .
And if you’re interested in the topic, see the full list of guests who were absolutely fascinating
In conversation with the remarkable Lou Hamilton. We talk about rewilding, being vegan, inspiration, courage and more.
Rewilding the World: Natural Capital Laboratory at Birchfield: a webinar giving you an overview of all the work happening on site. There were loads of really interesting people doing some fascinating work in ecology and conservation, including: Erin Gianferrara on what is natural capital; Peter Cowley and Benjamin Barca on aquatic ecology and eDNA; Max Heaver debunking myths about rewilding; Ash Welch on using virtual reality in ecology; Roland Arnison on his rewilding film work, including on the drone-assisted deer drive at Birchfield; and Louise Smith of the musical group EVER.
The BBC’s Countryfile features Birchfield
Interview with Creating a Vegan World
Birchfield Virtual Reality
View the extraordinary virtual reality pavilion built by the UK Green Building Council for COP26. Explore this VR experience for free and online, anywhere in the world. The NCL at Birchfield is number 2.
The VR pavilion highlights some of the world’s leading examples of how to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss.
The BBC article The great experiment to put a price on nature leads with Birchfield and has some fantastic quotes by Adam Eagle, CEO of the Lifescape Project, one of our patterns
In the Stratherrick & Foyers Newsletter
Our community introduction in the Stratherrick & Foyers Newsletter
Featured on RE:TV
Rewilding the Highlands, on RE:TV, a showcase for inspiring innovations and ideas that point the way towards a sustainable future, curated by editor-in-chief, His Royal Highness The Prince Of Wales.