Spring work parties update

In March and April over 40 volunteers (mostly Trust members) have given over 100 days of work during our work parties.

In March and April over 40 volunteers (mostly Trust members) have given over 100 days of work during our work parties.

Two visits to Li & Coire Dhorrcail by work parties met very different weather conditions. In March we had two days of brilliant sunshine for tree planting and fence repairs.

Over 1000 trees (mostly birch) were planted above Poll a’ Mhuineil and a section of fence repaired. In April we had more mixed weather carrying on the planting of both hazel & birch whose seed had been collected by Lester Standing on the estate then grown on in a nursery at Inverness. The three day work party came to a slightly early conclusion on the last day as while we planted in the falling snow we watched the snow line on the other side of the loch creeping down to Arnisdale.

On the southern side of Knoydart a week long work party with the Knoydart Foundation and the Knoydart Forest Trust saw similar changes in weather. Fortunately they went the opposite direction as we started in gales and rain but had good weather for the rest of the week.

Two days were spent with the Foundation improving the Long Beach campsite by building fire pits and log seating then carrying out a beach clean from the campsite up to Inverie. The remainder of the week was carrying on with rhoddie control working in the forest and gorges above Inverie finishing with a BBQ on the Sunday back at Long Beach.

Further to the east at Schiehallion a two day work party saw a group of volunteers with Liz Auty helping the neighbouring community owned Dun Coillich estate carry out a deer count. They also carried on taking down some old fencing on East Schiehallion. On the Sunday the group carried out a maintenance run on the East Schiehallion path (excluding some small sections still covered in snow!)

Down at Glenlude a general work party before Easter saw the second compartment of a 0.5 Ha brash hedge cleared and planted up with a range of trees including willow cuttings taken from three different sites around the estate.There have also been several ad hoc work days at Glenlude during March and April along with regular visits from several of the John Muir Award groups that come there. In all a large amount of tree planting, fence/wall repair and chain sawing has been carried out by volunteers as well as a very successful Adder monitoring training day and subsequent reptile survey.

May will be even busier with six work parties programmed. These range from the Lake District in England up to Sandwood and across to North Harris with other visits to Schiehallion, Ben Nevis and a family work party in the Scottish Borders at Glenlude. You can see details of all of these and other work parties for the rest of the year on the volunteering page where there are also links to Flickr sites with a wide range of photographs taken by the volunteers during the activities.