Volunteering with Trees for Life Conservation days 2018

Spring is hiccupping in after what feels like a long winter. We had a good day out in March with fifteen volunteers working around the woods of Drumnadrochit. There was still plenty of snow on the ground in Glen Affric, where we’d intended to go to look at deer browsing impact on the trees over the winter. However, as it was a training exercise it was easy to shift location, and it turned into a useful and interesting day.
The woodlands at Drumnadrochit are well worth a visit and quite different to our usual pinewood sites. Craigmonie Wood, on the hillside above the town, has some fine old specimen trees and several good aspen stands. The Urquhart Bay woodland is a real jewel, one of the finest ash-alder floodplain woodlands in the country - well worth exploring. With bluebell time coming up why not take a trip to explore them? Both locations are easily reached and signed from Drumnadrochit.
In April we will head back to the Aigas Field Centre in Strathglass for a day, to complete protection of young aspen trees planted there. This will also be an opportunity to see how their beavers are getting on.

Dates for your diary:

Weds April 18th - Aigas, Strathglass, near Beauly
Aspen protection. Constructing small fences to protect young aspen from browsing. Shortish walk, rough ground, working with posts and wire, suitable for most folk.

Further dates for 2018*

  • 9th May - Dundreggan Nursery. Nursery work and fence checks at Balnacarn
  • 13th June - Dundreggan Nursery. Nursery work and fence checks at Allt na Muic
  • 27th June - Strathfarrar. Bracken bashing
  • 11th July - Dundreggan Nursery.
  • 15th Aug - Strathfarrar. Bracken bashing
  • 12th Sept - Corrimony. Non-native removal, drain blocking and additional planting
  • 10th Oct - Corrimony. As above
  • 7th Nov - Corrimony. As above

*Please note - planning this far ahead means dates and activities may vary.

As always please contact our office to book a place on any of these dates on 01309 691292 or email volunteer@treesforlife.org.uk . For any issues on the day of volunteering please call the Conservation Day mobile phone 07780214464.

Posted by Editor on 29 March 2018 at 07:50

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