Update from the Reserve – October 2018
Written by: Stewart Borland
Published: 24th October 2018
When it comes to land management, there is a multitude of blessings and advantages, but also a variety of challenges and difficulties. October has been no different. All throughout the Reserve, we could hear birds chirping away, crunchy leaves, and exciting roars and grunts. Yet, in contrast, we also heard violent rain, water splashes and wind howls. Read below what has been the cause for all these intriguing sounds.
It’s absolutely bucketing down!
It is no surprise how wet Scotland is in general, and how changeable the weather can be in the Highlands, in particular. October brought the wettest spell to the Reserve, with heavy rain forecasts, flood warnings, and, unfortunately, even cancelled tours. Everywhere you looked on the Reserve, by whatever route you could find, there was water rushing down every slope.
The silver lining is that the torrential rain highlighted how our existing drainage on the new Hedgehog Sanctuary area was insufficient – so with no time to lose, a digger was called in, we dug new drainage ditches, and new larger pipes have now been installed. No hedgehogs were harmed in the process as they have not moved in yet; we are looking forward to moving the rescued hedgehogs to their Forever Home, although we are continuing to work on the area until we are certain it is in perfect condition.
Red Deer Rutting and Roaring
Red Deer are undoubtedly one of the highlights of Scottish wildlife, particularly during the rutting season. During the Red Deer’s breeding season, stags compete for the hinds in intricate displays of dominance, including roaring and serious, sometimes fatal, fighting. The dominant stag is then granted exclusive mating with the hinds.
In the Reserve, the roaring has started on our hills! The characteristic roars and grunts can be heard around the Reserve, evoking true excitement and intrigue – and if you are visiting over the next couple of weeks, you may even be able to hear them yourself.
5-Star Rated Lairds Lodge
Many Lords, Ladies and Lairds, have already stayed at our Shepherd Hut-style cabin in Glencoe Wood, and the majority have very kindly reviewed it as a 5-star accommodation. Book a stay on the Lairds Lodge and challenge yourself to a total detox, with the ultimate location, a wood burning stove, no Wifi, and a complimentary breakfast – now all for £55 a night for two guests!
The Gathering is our annual event where Lairds, Lords, and Ladies from around the world meet in Glencoe, Scotland, and learn more about each other and our conservation projects. The 3-day event is packed with entertainment, exquisite meals, and a range of interesting guest speakers. This is an event you don’t want to miss and the tickets for the Gathering 2019 are selling quickly – secure yours now.
Clan of the Month: Clan Campbell
At Highland Titles, we are fascinated with Scottish history and heritage, and we are passionate about sharing it with you. This month we would like to share with you a piece we wrote on Clan Campbell, considered by many as the most successful clan in Scottish history. Clan Campbell is one of the clans with a large connection to Glencoe and the land where our Reserve is located.
Did you know there are over 1450 plots in the Highland Titles Land Register associated with Campbells? Clan Campbell’s rich history is marked by accomplishments and success, but also war and hatred – read all about it and we are sure you will be as fascinated by it as we are.