Update From The Reserve – September 2017
Written by: Stewart Borland
Published: 28th September 2017
Conservation Success: Our 1st Squirrelversary
Still an endangered species in Scotland, our red squirrels moved onto the reserve one year ago. Their appearance was the result of extensive conservation efforts, including the placement of countless nesting boxes and feeding stations. We are proud to say that these once rarely sighted creatures are now regular residents on the reserve. Their comical nature continues to put a smile on our faces every day!
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The Shepherd’s Hut Is Complete
We are delighted to announce that our new reception area, ‘The Shepherd’s Hut’ is now open! Complete with comfy seating, displays and hot drinks, it is the perfect place to start your visit to the reserve. From The Shepherd’s Hut we will begin our meet and greets, supply you with maps of the reserve (and wellies for getting around if the weather warrants it!) It is the perfect new hub for our ever-growing reserve.
Our New Lochan Has A New Name
Almost 700 votes have been counted and the results are in. Our stunning new lochan has been named… Loch Fois. Taken from the Gaelic word meaning relaxation, peace and tranquility, it is a fitting name indeed! Learn how to pronounce is here. The path around the lochan is almost complete and it will soon be ready for its first visitors – furry, feathered and otherwise! A huge thank you to everyone who has played their part in the Lochan’s history.
Our Bees Prepare For Winter
As the nights begin to draw in and the air acquires a frosty bite, we can feel the seasons change here on the reserve. However a very wet summer has meant that our bees have been struggling to build their honey reserves for the winter. Despite a commitment to not harvest their honey, this year we have had to feed them sugar water to help the process.
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Sighting Of The Month: Red Deer Calves
October sees the start of the red deer rutting season. Come to the reserve at the right time and you might just hear the stags roaring from one hillside to another. We recently shared the adorable ‘products’ of last year’s rutting season. Footage of our red deer calves was captured on our Spy Cams at Duror and Mountainview. Here we had meticulously planted wildflowers to help the reserve’s bee population, only for them to be eaten by our deer! Take a closer look at our Spy Cams on our Facebook Page.