Glen Tanar

About Glen Tanar

Man has lived in “The Glen” since before the Bronze Age. Glen Tanar was the site of a rare find of a Bronze Age hoard that can now be seen in the National Antiquities Museum of Scotland. Records show that sustainable management of resources, especially the forest, was a long term aim of the people who lived and worked the land.

Human influence on the habitats continued to grow with shifting agricultural and forestry land uses. Efforts were made in the early part of the 20th century to expand the forest once more but a short time later the extraction of timber to support the war effort in the 1940s resulted in the lowest proportion of forested land ever.

Since World War II, the forest has grown through a mixture of planting and natural regeneration with a dominance of native species supported by careful control of the deer population to the magnificent sight it is today.   The moorland is also maintained as a cultural landscape with many benefits for wildlife and the farmland areas keep open vistas in the lower Glen and along the Dee valley