Update from the Reserve – June 2018
Written by: Stewart Borland
Can you believe that we are officially halfway through 2018? Here at the Reserve, we can’t! So many fantastic things have happened in the past few months, and June hasn’t been any different. This month’s update will focus greatly on our incredible wildlife and conservation work, a new and exciting project, and a bittersweet goodbye.
Magnificent Osprey Sightings
When I spotted our impressive osprey at the Lochan, I could barely believe my eyes – the osprey had been observed and photographed by another team member in the past, yet I hadn’t had a chance to see it for myself. After having seen him on two different occasions at the Lochan, I finally had the chance to photograph our osprey, sitting in the Sitka in all its splendour.
This magical moment is a true testament to the restoration and conservation work Highland Titles has done. The construction of our lochans was undoubtedly one of the most ambitious projects at the Glencoe Wood Nature Reserve, one of the most expensive too! However, having seen the osprey flying over them for three consecutive years has made it all worth it. Without the Lochan, which was subsequently stocked with Wild Brown Trout, this fabulous hunter would have never been attracted to our Reserve. We are so appreciative of all our wildlife, and we hope to see our magnificent osprey again soon!
First SpyCam Footage: Red Fox
From a majestic raptor in Glencoe Wood to an adorable mammal in the Mountain View Nature Reserve. This month we have been reviewing early footage from our SpyCams, and we found the first ever capture from one of the SpyCams in Mountain View in which you can see a little red fox sniffing around the snow – this footage can be traced back to the last fall of snow.
We have shared the full video on our Facebook page, and I have also compiled a list of seven fascinating facts about red foxes – for example, did you know that baby foxes have aunties? Check out the video and read all the surprising facts here.
Accommodation Fit for a Lord
Our Shepherd Hut-style cabin is finally ready to welcome some guests! The Lairds Lodge is a cosy cabin with the whole of Glencoe Wood reserve as its back garden. If you are keen on a total detox, no Wifi, a complimentary breakfast and all the peace and tranquillity you can handle, this is the perfect experience for you. You can book your stay on the Lairds Lodge on AirBnB – check the listing here!
Meet & Greet
One of the nicest ways to visit the reserve is by benefitting from the Meet & Greet service, in which a lovely member of the Highland Titles team shows you around the Reserve in a 4×4 ATV. It is such a highly-demanded service that we are almost fully booked for July – so if you plan to visit the Reserve in August or September and want to enjoy this unforgettable experience, make sure to book the Meet & Greet service in advance.
Goodbye to the Ronnies
Onto some bittersweet news: the Ronnies, our pair of cheeky saddleback pigs, have been moved from the Reserve – we know a lot of you loved reading about their antics, but unfortunately our team was struggling to ensure their safety and well-being in the midst of all their mischief – and animal welfare is always our priority. The move was gradual and stress-free, and you’ll be happy to know they have already settled in their new home in the Glen, with an abundance of space, fresh grass and no bracken! We have compiled a short video about the Ronnies’ story in the Reserve – we miss them already!
Getting to Know the Team?
That’s all the exciting news we have for you this month – for more exciting wildlife footage and community discussions, check out our Facebook page. In regards to the next reserve update, as always, you can expect unique insights from the Reserve and our conservation work, and perhaps you will have the chance to get to know some of the names and faces behind the Highland Titles team – you won’t want to miss it!