Updates from the Reserve – June 2017
Written by: Katie
Published: 28th June 2017
We are pleased to announce that Highland Titles Nature Reserve has recently been listed by Tripadvisor as one of the Top 10 ‘things to do’ in the Scottish Highlands. We are thrilled that the hard work of our team and their excellent standard of visitor service, both on and off line, has been recognised in this way.
The summer months are a wonderful time to visit our Nature Reserve, but they are also our busiest! We highly encourage you to book well in advance to avoid disappointment and make the most of your time in the Highlands – book your meet and greet here!
Nocturnal Bat Survey
There are many different types of wildlife on the estate, some more tricky to record than others. One type of animal- you guessed it, bats! – requires more time, effort and special equipment just to identify each species. Our volunteers used bat detectors throughout the night to determine from sound frequencies which bats reside on the estate. Being members of the Bat Conservation Trust, this survey proved appropriate and useful. We hope to conduct further surveys and discover more species of bat. Check out a short clip from the evening, showing our bat detector in action:
Musical & Theatrical Delights
As a charity, we believe in giving back. Highland Titles regularly makes donations to many local good causes. We recently donated to Lochaber’s only performing arts group who are taking their play ‘The Recovery Version’ to this year’s Fringe in Edinburgh.
Across the country, musical festivals are being held and enjoyed by many in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Highlands. In keeping with the ‘musical’ theme, one of the acts at our Annual Gathering, known as Hó-Ró, gave guests an excellent performance of traditional and modern Scottish music using classic instruments. Check out her performance below:
And it is always good to start young! Highland Titles has been sponsoring the local Feis in Appin (Fèis na h-Apainne) for three years now, paying for the hire of six Clarsach (Scottish Harps) which would otherwise be too expensive for the group. It is proving a hugely popular way of teaching youngsters traditional Scottish musical instruments that they wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to learn.
The Highland Titles Gathering 2017
As expected our 5th annual Gathering event was a huge success. This year it was back at the wonderful Isles of Glencoe Hotel, which is now set to be the venue for the next two years – tickets are now available! Director Peter Bevis gives his thoughts and a rundown of the event here.