This is one of the best places to gauge our actions and more importantly – our results!
The two lochans are down to Highland Titles, the smaller one on the left, restored from the bog that was all that remained of Loch Keil, and the larger one in front of you, Loch Fois, which we constructed from scratch. Once completed we then went on to stock it with Wild Brown Trout and such was the success of the wildlife species and numbers it attracted that we have just recently had to re-stock it again!
We get otters, herons, we’ve seen our first Sea Eagle, and for the last three years we’ve had an Osprey as a regular visitor. On a sunny summers day it’s alive with Dragon & Damsel Flies and it’s at the stage already where it looks natural and as if it has always been here. For the last two years we’ve had a pair of Canada Geese who nested on one of the purpose built islands on the smaller lochan and raised 8 goslings last year and six this year. We also added a hide at each lochan for photographers and bird watchers to sit and observe.
The decorated boxes in front of you are our bee hives. We have eight this year, painted by local schools as part of one of our educational projects. In conjunction with Webster Honey we visit local schools and give talks about how important bees are to our future and the problems they face. The children get a new hive to paint, and in the summer we hire buses and bring them to see their hive and their bees – suitably kitted out in little bee suits J It’s a part of several educational activities we run from pond dipping to tree planting, recycling projects like the planters from old pallets you see beside the benches to the bees.
It’s our hope that the activities we sponsor may trigger an interest in some of the youngsters to consider a future in conservation and the environment.