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Reserves are not like buses...

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With buses they say you wait for ages and then two come along at once. But special places for nature are scarce and becoming rarer.

In an exciting partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Parkwe've secured a special part of Scotland for nature and people.

View over Wards Estate

Why is it so special?

Is it the stunning views with wetlands, woodlands and snow capped mountains (yes, they were still snow capped last week)? Or is it the wintering white-fronted geese that make a 3,000 mile round trip every year from Greenland?

Perhaps it's the 200+ species of flowering plant (an eighth of the species recorded in the whole of Britain)? Or maybe the lamprey, a primitive eel-like fish, which can be traced back to 200 million years before the dinosaurs existed? Possibly it's the vast range of small beasties that exist, often out of view.

Male Greenland white-fronted goose.

Despite having only just got to know the site, I suspect it is all of the above and more. And that is at the centre of our plans.

We want to protect what we know is here, find what hasn't already been discovered and allow existing and new visitors more opportunities to enjoy the stories and experiences the landscape and wildlife has to offer.

Making it happen

Well, the first step has been taken.

Following support form the National Park Authority, SNH, the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the generous donations of our supporters through an appeal, we have secured purchase of the land. The next step will be to appoint a site manager (lucky devil!).

We have already started the important process of talking to the local communities, gathering information about the site and monitoring the wildlife. Next will be formulating a plan to improve the site over the coming years.

In the meantime, if you want to visit the reserve there is a path from the Millennium Hall in Gartocharn which will give you a flavour of the site and its potential.

  • Good news that the site is protected,Windfarms are fine in the right place,better than the nuclear con.  Derek

  • That's fantastic news. I was at Loch Lomond about a month ago and hope to visit the new reserve in the future

  • Hi all, Robert's currently conducting survey work with no access to this blog but he wanted to pass along this message "Thank you everyone for your support! We’re really looking forward to working at this site in the next few years. We’ll keep you updated with all the developments."

  • Congratulations!  May it be just the beginning!

  • Excellent news - perhaps a refuge for the now threatened buzzard.  Any area saved from the folly of politicians and others like them for the use of native species is a benediction.  Well done  More of the same please.

  • I'm just ecstatic to hear this news. Thank you RSPB SNH and National Parks   . I really really hope that one day it's me visiting this wonderful estate.

  • Congratulations and very well done, so happy for you and all the wildlife who will benefit.

  • Great news.  Put on the list of places to visit.

  • That's grand news!

  • Great news, totally agree with Mike Hoyle's comments

  • Great news, totally agree with Mike Hoyle's comments