Managing wild land
The Trust owns and manages 24,438 hectares of some of the finest wild land in the UK. We own land to protect it, repair damage and to rewild it and then to keep it wild for future generations. Helping us do this are the passionate volunteers who contribute thousands of hours to our conservation work parties each year.
What we do on the land
We work to restore native woodlands and other important habitats, and encourage the return of native species and natural processes.
We maintain over 120 km of footpaths from woodland walks to coastal trails and world famous mountains routes, including access to seven Munros and five Corbetts.
We regularly monitor the growth of tree seedlings, the condition of habitats such as dwarf shrub heath and blanket bog, and track the state of wildlife across our properties.
Wild Land Management Handbook
Our wild land management handbook details the 28 principles that guide our management of the land we own
Reducing deer numbers is critical if Scotland's remnants of native woodland are to survive.
- Watch our short film for an insight into the problems facing woodlands and why we need an approach to deer management that's based on nature and not sporting targets
- Read our latest deer management news stories
- Look through our deer management resources
Unsustainable deer management has been a running sore within Scotland’s environment for decades. Our woodlands and peatlands deserve better.Mike Daniels, Head of Land Management, John Muir Trust