Coigach Assynt Living Landscape

  • Country:
    UK, Scotland
  • Start year:
  • Location:
    North West Highlands of Scotland
  • Size (ha):
  • Area Type:
    UK, Scotland
  • Type of protection:
    Two Special Areas of Conservation, a national scenic area, a geopark

Coigach Assynt Living Landscape (CALL) is a unique partnership of community, charity and private landowners working together in one of Europe’s largest landscape scale conservation projects.

The breathtaking cnoc and cnocan landscape of CALL is unique in Europe


  • Habitat types: Temperate acidic broadleaved woodland, upland grasslands, lochs and rivers, blanket bog, dry heath, coastal communities
  • Keystone species present: Much of the native fauna is absent
  • Fauna (mega) species present: Red deer, roe deer, a range of whales and dolphins
  • Fauna species reintroduced: None
  • Vegetation types present: See above


  • Description: We are in the long term process of improving habitat so that it is capable of supporting increased biodiversity
  • Aim: See above
  • Vision: It is 2050; the communities of Coigach and Assynt are working together to achieve a truly living landscape through improved understanding of their environment and the impacts of climate change; shared active management providing a diverse range of connected and resilient habitats
  • Accomplished in 10 years from now: 200 ha of native woodland created. The species reintroduction's debate is further advanced and we are considering the feasibility of reintroducing lynx and beaver
  • Uniqueness: In a UK context the extent of the project and the range of landowning partners is unique
  • Results so far: Red deer numbers are problematic and we are working towards sustainable deer management that will allow habitats and species to recover
  • Flagship species: Red deer
  • Other characteristics: Community involved, Eco tourism, Education, Recreational activities, Research, Sale of sustainable products


  • Inspirational value: The Coigach-Assynt Living Landscape Project is a collaboration of seven different landowners in Coigach and Assynt to coordinate initiatives of shared interest. As two of the landowners are local community groups, this ensures that the views and input of the wider community is included at all times. For example, the awaited Living Landscape Partnership Scheme, primarily funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, includes the eight landowners and five community groups who will implement over 30 projects covering land restoration, cultural and natural heritage needs and priorities across the local area.
  • Experience you would like to share: A unique landscape and people, a long term vision to improve habitats and begin a debate about species rientroductions
  • Experience you would like to gain: Deer management, lynx and other reintroductions including the social/community context
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