Saturday, 28 April 2012

RSPB acquires 563 acres of important habitat on shore of Loch Lomond

Partnership helps safeguard top nature site on Loch Lomond's bonnie banks
April 2012. RSPB Scotland is hoping to secure the future of one of the most important conservation sites in Central Scotland, after successfully purchasing land at the Wards Estate.
Situated close to Gartocharn at the south east shore of Loch Lomond, the estate is home to a rich variety of wildlife that inhabit the woodlands, mires, fens, grasslands and floodplain of the River Endrick, making this one of the most important wildlife sites in the UK.
New nature reserve
The conservation charity has unveiled plans for a 563 acre nature reserve that it will manage in a pioneering partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority(LLTNPA). This major purchase, of which RSPB Scotland will contribute a majority share of the total cost, will be made possible thanks to the partnering organisations plus a grant of £172,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF). An appeal for donations from RSPB members and the public has also been launched. It comes exactly 50 years after this part of Loch Lomond was first declared a National Nature Reserve.
The partnership will ensure that the site will be managed as a hot spot for wildlife on Loch Lomond supporting breeding and wintering waders and waterfowl, and nationally rare plants such as the endemic Scottish or Loch Lomond dock.

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