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Rewilding at Kinkell Byre

Why we are Rewilding Kinkell

By rewilding Kinkell we aim to create a new landscape rich in wildlife and biodiversity in the area to the south-east of St Andrews. We believe rewilding is the best nature-based solution to the twin environmental crises of biodiversity loss and climate change.

We have already planted more than 13,000 trees, created 8 ponds and 2 wader scrapes. We have planted over 1.2km of hedgerows and more than 7 acres of wildflower meadows. We have a herd of highland cows on site, whose job it is to look after and manage the land for us, playing a critical role for restoring biodiversity.

We have more plans in the future to deepen the involvement of the local community by providing space for allotments, so people can grow their own food. We also have plans for an educational eco-hub to inspire the younger generation. Ultimately, by using this holistic approach, we hope to inspire other landowners here to build a rewilding corridor that benefits nature and the local community.

Crowdfunder

To support these efforts we have set up a new charity, Rewilding Kinkell (charity number SC052988), and have recently launched a crowdfunding campaign. Any donations will go towards looking after our highland cows and the ongoing costs of caring for our trees, ponds and wildflower meadows. Any additional funds will go towards establishing community allotments and an educational eco-hub for local schools and the community to learn about rewilding, native wildlife and biodiversity. Anything you can do to help would be hugely appreciated.

For more information, read our Rewilding Blog. 

You can find out a bit more about our plans from an interview with Sandy & Rory here 

There will be opportunities to meet our Highland Cows, head over to our Experience Page to find out more

Meet the Cows!

You have all probably seen our newest members of the team, Coco & Ginger when you have been at Kinkell. Not only are they here to get in on the wedding photos! But they are here to help with the conservation grazing at Kinkell. They are able to encourage natural regeneration by way of their particular grazing traits.

They help to reduce the prevalence of vigorous plants that out-compete more fragile species; creating microclimates and areas of bare ground through trampling and disturbance. They wrap their tongues around the grass and pull it up in tufts, which creates uneven areas of grass in terms of length and a tussocky finish.

Conservation grazing is now a widespread management method and many conservation bodies regularly use grazers to improve and maintain the sites that they manage for biodiversity.

What is Rewilding?

In its broadest sense, rewilding is concerned with the restoration of ecosystems; healing them, and putting them back together in a better state than they were before. In some cases it also means reintroducing species which have become either extinct or severely threatened.

Rewilding takes a ‘big picture’ approach, aiming to restore the wider natural processes that support life (for example, grazing, flooding and natural woodland regeneration). It complements existing conservation work and those sectors seeking a better way forward for nature.

Following on from our wildly successful Ceilidh For Nature in December 2023 we are now busy planning the next event for December 2024. The aim is to inspire people to do more for nature with some interesting speakers while also showing everyone a great time with delicious local food and drink and a ceilidh!

🎂🥳 BIRTHDAY GIRL! 🥳🎂

Happy 8th Birthday to Coco today 💛

Coco is one of our original Highland cows here at Rewilding Kinkell; she works hard alongside Ginger in her role as Head Conservation Grazer and is definitely the bossier one!

Likes: snoozing in the sunshine
Dislikes: the wind

If you would like to support Coco and our wider rewilding goals, then head on over to our crowdfunding page.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/rewilding-kinkell
(Link is on our bio on Instagram)

Enjoy your birthday, Coco!

💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛

 #highlandcows #highlandcowsofinstagram #rewilding  #rewildingscotland #rewildingbritain

🎂🥳 BIRTHDAY GIRL! 🥳🎂

Happy 8th Birthday to Coco today 💛

Coco is one of our original Highland cows here at Rewilding Kinkell; she works hard alongside Ginger in her role as Head Conservation Grazer and is definitely the bossier one!

Likes: snoozing in the sunshine
Dislikes: the wind

If you would like to support Coco and our wider rewilding goals, then head on over to our crowdfunding page.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/rewilding-kinkell
(Link is on our bio on Instagram)

Enjoy your birthday, Coco!

💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛

#highlandcows #highlandcowsofinstagram #rewilding #rewildingscotland #rewildingbritain
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🎂🥳 BIRTHDAY GIRL! 🥳🎂

Happy 10th Birthday to Ginger today 🧡
Ginger is one of our original Highland cows here at Rewilding Kinkell; she works hard alongside Coco in her role as Deputy Conservation Grazer, but is easily distracted by treats! 

Likes: treats
Dislikes: flies

If you would like to support Ginger by donating to her treat fund, and our wider rewilding goals, then head on over to our crowdfunding page.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/rewilding-kinkell
(Link is on our bio on Instagram)

Enjoy your birthday, Ginger!

🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡

 #highlandcows #highlandcowsofinstagram #rewilding #rewildingscotland #rewildingbritain

🎂🥳 BIRTHDAY GIRL! 🥳🎂

Happy 10th Birthday to Ginger today 🧡
Ginger is one of our original Highland cows here at Rewilding Kinkell; she works hard alongside Coco in her role as Deputy Conservation Grazer, but is easily distracted by treats!

Likes: treats
Dislikes: flies

If you would like to support Ginger by donating to her treat fund, and our wider rewilding goals, then head on over to our crowdfunding page.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/rewilding-kinkell
(Link is on our bio on Instagram)

Enjoy your birthday, Ginger!

🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡

#highlandcows #highlandcowsofinstagram #rewilding #rewildingscotland #rewildingbritain
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💚🌱 THANK YOU! 🌱💚

We'd like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated to our Crowdfunder so far! Our competition for naming our Highland Cows is coming to an end, so if you have pledged to this, or any other of our other rewards, we will be in touch with you soon!

The main funding page is still open, so if you would like to donate to our rewilding goals please follow the link https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/rewilding-kinkell

**Link is in the bio on Instagram**

 #rewilding #rewildingscotland #rewildingbritain #biodiversity

💚🌱 THANK YOU! 🌱💚

We`d like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated to our Crowdfunder so far! Our competition for naming our Highland Cows is coming to an end, so if you have pledged to this, or any other of our other rewards, we will be in touch with you soon!

The main funding page is still open, so if you would like to donate to our rewilding goals please follow the link https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/rewilding-kinkell

**Link is in the bio on Instagram**

#rewilding #rewildingscotland #rewildingbritain #biodiversity
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🥳🎂 HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY to this little girl today! 🎂🥳

Don’t forget that we are running a NAME OUR HIGHLAND COWS competition! To be in with the chance to give this wee girl (plus her friends) a name, as well as the opportunity to support our wider rewilding goals, then head on over to our crowdfunding page.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/rewilding-kinkell

(Link is on our bio on Instagram)

Thanks to everyone who has entered so far, good luck. Enjoy your birthday wee girl!

🥳🎂 HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY to this little girl today! 🎂🥳

Don’t forget that we are running a NAME OUR HIGHLAND COWS competition! To be in with the chance to give this wee girl (plus her friends) a name, as well as the opportunity to support our wider rewilding goals, then head on over to our crowdfunding page.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/rewilding-kinkell

(Link is on our bio on Instagram)

Thanks to everyone who has entered so far, good luck. Enjoy your birthday wee girl!
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🤎 Two weeks old! 🤎

This little beauty is two weeks old today! We're still looking for a name for her and her friends, so don't forget that you could WIN the chance to name her by entering our NAME OUR HIGHLAND COWS COMPETITION!

Competition entries are through our crowd funder link https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/rewilding-kinkell; where you can purchase your competition entry, as well as potentially contribute to our wider rewilding goals.
*Link is in the bio on Instagram*
**Competition entries close on 7th May after which the winners of the draw will be contacted to submit their chosen name(s)**
GOOD LUCK!

🤎 Two weeks old! 🤎

This little beauty is two weeks old today! We`re still looking for a name for her and her friends, so don`t forget that you could WIN the chance to name her by entering our NAME OUR HIGHLAND COWS COMPETITION!

Competition entries are through our crowd funder link https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/rewilding-kinkell; where you can purchase your competition entry, as well as potentially contribute to our wider rewilding goals.
*Link is in the bio on Instagram*
**Competition entries close on 7th May after which the winners of the draw will be contacted to submit their chosen name(s)**
GOOD LUCK!
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