Update From The Reserve – August 2017
Written by: Katie
Speaking Of The Weather…
What can we say? It’s not been the sunniest of summers here in Scotland, and we often get the brunt of it up here in the Highlands. It’s not stopped our visitors coming however and it certainly hasn’t stopped any work being done on the Reserve. While the constant rain makes for a more sombre tour experience, it has a magical effect on the Nature Reserve.
In between the downpours we can see the Reserve thriving from the extra watering and truly coming to life! We planted bulrush seeds a couple of years ago and they are now coming up really well, obviously enjoying the Lochans and all the rain. The bulrush can grow about 2 metres tall, with cylindrical chocolate brown spikes of female flowers, immediately beneath a narrower fluffy straw coloured male spike.
Nevertheless there are always two Reserve residents who will always enjoy the rain. You guessed it… here are Corbett and Barker our saddleback pigs in all their glory, rolling in wet mud – what a life!
Naming The New Lochan
We’re in the process of naming the new Lochan on the Reserve. We’ve already asked our landowners to make name suggestions, we’ve put together a shortlist and we’ll be asking our landowners again to choose their favourite from the shortlist. If you have a Highland Titles plot you are entitled to help with these decisions so please sign up for the newsletter to vote if you haven’t done so already!
Whilst we’re talking about the Lochan, one of our Reserve regulars (who also happens to be a photographer) took this absolutely stunning timelapse of the Lochan – isn’t it just magical.
A New Way To Enjoy The Lochan
We have built a lovely new bridge up at the Lochan which will connect with the new path that we’re creating. We think that the bridge itself is a little piece of art and it means that our visitors can really get a sense of the vastness of the Lochan.
Coming Soon To The Reserve
With the rain and constant flurry of visitors, we have quite a few things in the pipeline that aren’t quite ready.
- A new path so that people can walk around the Lochan, rather than just walk past it
- The Shepherd Hut is very nearly ready!
- We have started work on the area for the glamping (but only just)
Finally, the beautiful Osprey is back! What a pleasure to have such a magnificent creature visiting the Reserve, this time even bringing a friend and a juvenile. Hopefully it is a sign that they might be making a home here. We’ll update Our Facebook Page with any more sightings! We hope you’ve enjoyed our August updates from the Reserve. Until next time!