Carna Conservation Cows

by Caroline Grindrod in Acharacle, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 19th December 2017 we successfully raised £10 with 1 supporters in 35 days

To buy a herd of working cows for an innovative rewilding project on the West Coast of Scotland.

by Caroline Grindrod in Acharacle, Scotland, United Kingdom

Rewilding is a fantastic way of regenerating our degraded uplands and restoring much of our lost wildlife. Unfortunately in some circumstances it can marginalise farmers, threaten to forget our rich heritage, and does little to contribute to our accelerating global food crisis.

Wilderculture offers a truly integral approach to large scale ecological restoration. 

By herding bunched and moving livestock in a way that mimics the grazing and trampling of our natural wild herbivores we hope to achieve results similar to that of reintroducing large predators. Our system will accelerate the ecosystem processes by providing animal impact and re-mineralising depleted soils while providing an opportunity for new seedlings to flourish. Long recovery periods and the use of many innovative techniques to improve soil microbiology will accelerate the succession of degraded moorland toward wood pasture or forest. 

Our pilot project is starting this year on the Isle of Carna in Loch Sunart and could significantly enhance our conservation efforts in the UK whilst providing healthy food, reviving local traditions and including farmers in the rewilding conversation. 

We need a small herd of hardy, hairy, well trained cows to form the starter conservation herd. These girls will also be a breeding herd for our future 'teams.' We've found the perfect cattle (see above) but need some help to make the purchase and build the basic infrastructure required to handle them.

See full details of our approach on we're a small team of passionate volunteers operating through a community interest company hoping to make a difference in the world.

We would be so grateful for your support. Thanks Caroline 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Become an official supporter of our project and receive a thank you post card with login details to a private portal with information about the cows , the project, and access to a live feed from the electronic collars showing their location and movements.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Become an official supporter of the project and sponsor of our herd. You will be invited to the Island for an educated guided walk to learn more about the project and have the chance to meet the herd. You 'll get regular updates and a certificate as well as the below access.

£450 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£450 Reward

Decide the name of one of our cows and receive exclusive access to a supervised visit to the Island and regular updates of her progress. This is the perfect family gift. Also all the below benefits.

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