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Update from the Reserve – April 2021

Written by: Stewart Borland
Published: 30th April 2021

Goodbye April – a month of rebirth, regrowth, and renewal. As such, in this Reserve Update, we are celebrating all things living, dying, and yet to be. From potential Canada Geese goslings and lively robins to dead trees and fallen wood, there’s something for everyone, and we are sure you will learn something new. Continue reading to find out more!


Canada Geese Couple

Canada Geese Couple
Last month, we welcomed our yearly Canada Geese guests back to the Reserve – but as you may recall, there was quite the crowd! But at last, things seem to have settled down. The six gatecrashers have left, and we are down to the one pair, who have grown fond of Stewart and often come to him for food – just look at how close they get!

The nest site has also been chosen, and luckily it was a previously used spot, which means there is a SpyCam already on it. And now that the female is sitting, it’s a waiting game – time to place your bets on how many wee goslings are coming.



A New Way of Managing Your Plots

Screenshot of the new dashboard
A couple of months ago, we teased a new and improved Highland Titles experience – and we are happy to announce it is finally live for all to try! With the new Highland Titles Dashboard, you can view details of your plot(s), download your certificate and your original welcome letter, and even find the exact distance to your plot.

With our Live Webcam from Glencoe Wood, you can even experience the Scottish weather through the screen. And if you can’t wait to visit Bonnie Scotland, take our virtual tour of the Glencoe Wood Nature Reserve. Don’t miss all of these features and more – login at with your Highland Titles account details now!



3 Fun Facts About Robins

Robin at the feeder
Inspired by this wonderful photograph of a very friendly robin on the feeder earlier this month, here are 3 fun facts about robins. Did you know that although they may look the same, each robin has a completely unique red breast pattern? Or that they are actually very territorial, and you’ll usually only see a pair if they’re mating? In fact, they are so territorial that they often fight to the death defending their area. And finally, did you know they are very loyal to their food source? So the robin you see in your garden is most likely the same one each time!



The Importance of Dead Trees

Dead trees
There’s no denying the ecological importance of dead trees. Along with fallen wood, they play an important role in the ecosystem by providing wildlife habitat, cycling nutrients, aiding plant regeneration, decreasing erosion, and influencing drainage, soil moisture and carbon storage – among many other things. So next time you have to dispose of bulky cuttings, consider creating a home for wildlife instead. Woodpiles are a valuable habitat for mosses, lichens, fungi, and many insects. We have around 20 bug hotels on the Reserve at Duror!



Clip of the Month: Otters at Loch Keil

We haven’t had much luck catching otters with our SpyCams for a while – but this month, though much too short, we managed to get three different clips of these adorable semi-aquatic mammals chilling in and around Loch Keil. Did you know that a group of otters on land is called a romp, but if they are resting in water it is called a raft?

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Written by: Stewart Borland

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