In 1815, a small ad appeared in the London Times. There was no finer place to shoot than Glenfeshie, which was at the time one of only seven deer forests in Scotland. Glenfeshie today lies within the boundaries of the Cairngorms national park but is privately owned, and although it is still run as a shooting estate there are now dramatically fewer deer than before. Dr Iain Stewart attempts to climb a thirty-five metre Douglas Fir in homage to the tree hunters who travelled the globe searching for exotic species that could be replanted in Scotland. Dr Iain Stewart uncovers how, over thousands of years, the actions of mankind and the climate nearly led to the downfall of Scotland's forests. Only in the 18th century did we realise the extent of the damage, and take measures to re-populate the landscape.
Glenfeshie is a sporting estate in the south-west corner of the Cairngorms National Park.
In the early 19th Century, under the ownership of the Duke of Gordon, Glenfeshie was established as a destination for deer stalking. Numbers of deer were kept high, which has had a detrimental impact on the ecology of the glen. The deer graze on vegetation and prevent young plants from establishing, making it difficult for forest to be maintained. From the early 21st Century, an extensive cull has dramatically reduced the number of deer in an attempt to allow native species to regrow.
Highland is one of Scotland’s 32 unitary council areas. It is the largest local government area in both Scotland and the United Kingdom as a whole.
The area was created as a two-tier region in 1975 with Highland Region being divided into eight districts, Badenoch and Strathspey, Caithness, Inverness, Lochaber, Nairn, Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh and Sutherland.
In 1996, Highland Regional Council and the district councils were wound up and their functions were transferred to a new Highland Council. It borders Moray, Aberdeenshire, Perth and Kinross, and Argyll and Bute.