SCL provides a wide range of technical services to the UK’s land managers, with a strong focus on conservation.

SCL provides a wide range of advisory and monitoring services to the UK’s land managers.

We have a keen interest in landscape-scale environmental planning projects, and offer a range of consultancy services to facilitate the process.

We provide services that help bring landowners, public bodies and communities together to achieve common goals.

We offer a wide range of deer management support services, including abundance estimation, population modelling, cull setting and management planning.

We offer a wide range of deer management support services, including abundance estimation, population modelling, cull setting and management planning.

Our peatland research and experimental trials have achieved wide recognition amongst the government agencies for their quality. In November 2015, our work was recognised with a Nature of Scotland Award from the RSPB.

The power of digital mapping

SCL has expert in-house GIS capability to support all aspects of work that we undertake for our clients.

SCL has the expertise and equipment to deliver a wide range of hydrological services to our clients, including hydropower assessment and river gauging.

SCL has the expertise and equipment to deliver a wide range of hydrological services to our clients, including hydropower assessment and river gauging.

SCL offers a range of integrated services to evaluate the condition of peatlands on development and conservation sites.

Why not look at our blog? It is updated regularly and describes the wide spectrum of services we offer our clients.

We deliver a wide range of services to our clients in the wind energy sector, from scoping through construction to operations.

Our staff hold Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards, have a First Aid at Work certificate and are trained to work under CDM regulations. SCL is registered with Achilles.

SCL has developed a wide range of indirect methods to quantify woodland animal abundance.

SCL has developed a wide range of indirect methods to quantify woodland animal abundance.

SCL has expertise in upland geomorphology, and offers specialist technical services across a range of habitats including blanket bogs.

SCL has wide ranging experience in developing blanket bog restoration methods and monitoring the outcomes after treatment work is complete.

SCL has wide ranging experience in developing blanket bog restoration methods and monitoring the outcomes after treatment work is complete.

Our staff are our greatest asset, and we’ve been an Investor in People for over 12 years.

Our staff are our greatest asset, and we’ve been an Investor in People for over 12 years.

SCL delivers a range of survey and monitoring services in commercial forests including stocking density and crop inventory.

SCL has a long history of involvement in plant ecology and is experienced in a wide range of site survey methods and monitoring techniques.

Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) now offer a Woodland Improvement Grant (WIG) for deer management planning, based on the deer abundance survey techniques we developed.

SCL offers a wide range of animal ecology services, with a focus on delivering high precision monitoring to help our clients make informed decisions.

We have the capability and facilities to design and manufacture bespoke monitoring equipment.

We have the capability and facilities to design and manufacture bespoke monitoring equipment.

We investigate the impact that mammals have in all types of woodlands and open range habitats, often using a formal experimental approach.

20 years of research and development by SCL has resulted in development of a high precision field method to estimate deer abundance in woodlands.

Through expertise in hydrology and ecology, SCL can deliver a range of services designed to help our clients understand the processes at work on peatlands and groundwater-dependent ecosystems.

Through expertise in hydrology and ecology, SCL can deliver a range of services designed to help our clients understand the processes at work on peatlands and groundwater-dependent ecosystems.

SCL has spent almost 20 years developing high quality, custom-designed environmental monitoring schemes in the uplands for our long-term industrial partners.

We have expertise in quantifying grazing impact across a wide range of habitats and animal species.

Our staff have a critical scientific eye and are experienced in the field of technical review.

SCL assesses new land for woodland establishment, designs & oversees planting programs and can deliver condition assessments through the life cycle of a new woodland.

SCL can assess new land for woodland establishment, design & oversee planting and deliver woodland condition assessment.

Over the last 17 years, we have continued to learn from the challenging work we undertake, and are constantly trying to find new ways of adapting or improving our techniques.

Over the last 17 years, we have continued to learn from the challenging work we undertake and are constantly trying to find new ways of adapting or improving our techniques.

SCL has an in-depth understanding of all aspects of experimental design, statistical analysis and field craft, enabling us to deliver a wide range of high precision monitoring techniques to clients.

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Deer Impacts on Montane Habitats

Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) manages the national forest estate on behalf of the Scottish Government.

The Glen Affric area is one of their flagship sites for nature conservation, holding one of the most extensive remnant native pinewoods in the country.  It is also the subject of a large restoration project, whereby commercial trees planted in the 1950’s-1970’s are being removed to allow native woodland to re-colonise.

In the first phase of work we undertook an extensive deer population assessment, focusing on mapping out the areas of high and low deer occupancy.  The methods we used were those we developed in the late 1990’s and now published as research.

We also undertook intensive assessments to ascertain the degree to which deer impacts on key habitats occurred in line with occupancy.  The habitats included woodland and open range, with technical methods being developed by SCL to deal with both situations.

In the second phase, which is ongoing, we have been re-visiting the sites to monitor them and ascertain the degree of change that has occurred in the intervening period during which deer culls were increased in an attempt to reducing browsing pressure of native trees and dwarf shrubs.

The current program of work also a range of more detailed habitat-impact assessments, including an exercise to map the distribution of Heather on a key area of the site and also to erect a suite of high altitude experimental enclosures on part of the site to quantify in the long-term the effects of deer grazing.  This is a very interesting part of the project, partly because of the logistical and physical difficultly of getting the equipment in place (at up to 900m) but also because habitats at this altitude have so rarely been studied in this very detailed and rigorous way.

Strath Caulaidh Ltd
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Registered Office: 1 Strathallan Bank, Ardargie, By Forgandenny, Perthshire, PH2 9FE