Glen Roy will re­main na­ture re­serve

The Oban Times - - News -

A LOCHABER tourist at­trac­tion will re­main a na­ture re­serve af­ter a suc­cess­ful cam­paign to stop de- dec­la­ra­tion.

Glen Roy na­tional na­ture re­serve ( NNR), near to Roy bridge, will stay as it is af­ter Lochaber geop­ark aso­ci­a­tion’s ( LGA) cam­paign went global.

The frag­ile moun­tain­side im­prints of the par­al­lel roads of Glen Roy were carved by an­cient gla­cial lakes and wa­ter re­peat­edly froze and melted on the hill, giv­ing the ap­pear­ance of roads.

In­stead of fac­ing de- dec­la­ra­tion, SNH will now en­gage with LGA and the lo­cal com­mu­nity to de­velop the site’s fea­tures that will give it NNR sta­tus.

The move came fol­low­ing a meet­ing of Scot­tish nat­u­ral her­itage board last Fri­day. A spokesper­son form LGA said: ‘ Lochaber geop­ark is nat­u­rally thrilled that NNR sta­tus has been main­tained for Glen Roy.

‘ It is look­ing for­ward to work­ing in part­ner­ship with SNH to bring the in­cred­i­ble land­scape of Glen Roy to an even wider au­di­ence.’ .

The site is pro­tected by Site of Spe­cial Sci­en­tific In­ter­est (SSSI), leg­is­la­tion. It was orig­i­nally ac­quired by SNH in 1970 to pro­tect it against pro­posed tree plant­ing.

LGA has al­ready opened a pop­u­lar visi­tor cen­tre at the en­trance of the glen.

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