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Update from the Reserve – December 2019

Written by: Stewart Borland
Published: 26th December 2019, last updated: 20th December 2019

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 2019 has been yet another amazing year for the Reserve and the Highland Titles Community, and we count ourselves extremely lucky to have your loyalty and support. Together, we have made some real progress in multiple conservation projects, such as the Hedgehog Sanctuary and Hospital, but we also made some difficult decisions – like keeping our hybrid Scottish Wildcat. Now, onto this month’s news!


New FANGtastic Species Identified

Brown long-eared bat
Another new species has been officially identified on the Reserve; this time, verified by Liz at The Bat Conservation Trust. Initially spotted by Andrew, this is the brown long-eared bat, nicknamed the whispering bat!

It is a relatively common bat to Scotland; however, it is commonly under-recorded during surveys, due to its quiet bat call which can’t easily be picked up by bat detectors. It developed its large ears to hear its own call, without giving away its location! Don’t forget you can help to provide and improve habitats to local bats by sponsoring a bat box, offering much-needed shelter to our fangy friends throughout the year, and no matter the weather.



Final Vote: Name Our Wildcat

Close-Up Shot of Hybrid Scottish Wildcat
Last month, we asked for your assistance in naming our resident hybrid Scottish Wildcat. We’ve been overwhelmed with over 1,000 fantastic responses, and we couldn’t be more grateful!

We’ve shortlisted the suggestions with the most entries, and we have narrowed down the possibilities to just 10. Now we need your help to choose her name – vote for your favourite name out of the bunch! The overall winner will be announced in next month’s newsletter.



Nuts About Saving Red Squirrels

Red squirrel caught by SpyCam
We are delighted to announce the result of our special Black Friday offer. This Black Friday, while customers got 10% off their order, we committed to donating an additional 10% to the Red Squirrel Survival Trust. So £2,000 is winging its way to a very special organisation, helping to protect Scotland’s native wildlife. Thanks to everyone who supported the cause by supporting us!



Learning Traditional Scottish Instruments

Fèis na h-Apainne
This month we also paid a visit to Fèis na h-Apainne, a local organisation that provides opportunities in traditional Scottish music at a local primary school. It’s always a joy to see so many young faces enjoying learning traditional Scottish instruments – and our donation will allow the organisation to hire 6 Clarsach (Scottish Harps) for the whole year!



Clip of the Month: Hedgehogs

As the weather is forecast to change, we added some fresh straw and some wood chippings to the hedgehog houses for extra warmth. It seems however we make their bed, we never get it quite right – it needed a few wee adjustments before he would lie in it.


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