Update from the Reserve – February 2020
Written by: Stewart Borland
Published: 2nd March 2020
In February, we faced the stormiest period of weather that the UK has experienced for at least 20 years – yellow weather warnings were met with constant pouring rain, gusty winds and snowy disruptions. At least on the Reserve, there is plenty of shelter for our animals! In this Reserve Update, we bring you an exciting new addition to our Community, an interactive quiz, and interesting news from the reserve. Continue reading to find out more!
Whoopi Goldberg – An Award-Winning… Lady?
Our community grows bigger and stronger every day – and who knows what talent lies in our community? Well, one of our latest Ladies has won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and… a Tony Award. The American actor, comedian, author, and television personality, Whoopi Goldberg, has recently been made a Highland Titles Lady!
She was exceptionally honoured, mentioning how very special the gift pack made her feel, and that she is looking forward to getting on a plane and visiting her plot! We are equally as honoured to have such a talented Lady among us – so make sure you give Lady Whoopi a warm welcome! Watch the message Lady Whoopi has left us once she received her Highland Titles package above.
Which Highland Titles animal are you most like?
March 3rd marks World Wildlife Day and to celebrate this special date we have created four exclusive Wildlife Clans based on animals you can find on the Reserve. These Wildlife Clans have been created to allow the Community to support and learn more about the work we do with these specific animals. To help you choose a Wildlife Clan to join, we have developed an interactive quiz that will show you which animal you share the most characteristics with.
So you have joined one of our Wildlife Clans, now what? During the month of March, all clans will compete in the Clash of the Wildlife Clans. Anything you purchase in the month of March will go towards financially supporting projects to help your chosen animal. Let’s see which Wildlife Clan we can help the most! Curious about which wildlife clan you will get sorted into? Play the quiz to find out!
Bow to the Gathering Goody Bags
Every Gathering we treat our Lairds, Lords and Ladies with some charming goody bags. This year, Fiona has designed a new style, featuring an adorable bow on our Highland Titles tartan, and while they were well underway, the sewing machine needle snapped and stabbed poor Fiona in the eye! She’s fine now, but stitching the rest of the bows by hand – that’s a lot of bags, since this year’s Gathering tickets are all sold out! If you were hoping to get one of these cute bags and you’re not attending this year’s Gathering, there’s always 2021… The Gathering 2021 will take place on May 11-13, so make sure you book it in your diary!
A Real Talk About Scottish Wildcats
Earlier this month St Andrews University hosted an exclusive event where they discussed the Scottish Wildcat recovery, reintroduction, captive breeding and long-term planning in Scotland. Organised by our own Heather and presented by David Barclay, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) conservation manager & cat specialist, this event showed that there is still hope (not to be confused with our own cat, Hope). With support from an EU grant of 2 million pounds, a new project has been kicked-off to create a purpose-built state-of-the-art wildcat conservation centre in the Cairngorms – so exciting, and a chance for the wildcat after all!
Clip of the Month: Snowy Red Foxes
This month’s clip of the month was one of the videos from my recent visit to the Mountainview SpyCams. It features a nice mix of red foxes in the most beautiful, snowy background. While the snow looks incredible, it was unfortunately brief as it was rained off in no time.