Wildlife trust hosts sum­mer fair in Oban

The Oban Times - - News -

THE ARGYLL and Lochaber Group of the Scot­tish Wildlife Trust will be hold­ing its sum­mer fair on Satur­day Au­gust 6, in part­ner­ship with Dunol­lie Mu­seum, Cas­tle and grounds, the seat and an­ces­tral home of the Clan MacDougall.

Vis­i­tors should ex­pect to find plenty of re­fresh­ments, a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties for adults and chil­dren and arts and crafts.

En­try in­cludes the mu­seum, cas­tle and grounds so vis­i­tors will also be able to walk up to the newly- con­sol­i­dated Dunol­lie Cas­tle for stun­ning views across Oban bay.

‘Come and have a great fam­ily day out while you sup­port our work to pro­tect Scot­land’s wildlife and wild places,’ said Tony Mitchell-Jones, chair­man of the Argyll and Lochaber Group.

‘ We ex­pect to have minia­ture rail­way rides, Splat the Rat, chain­saw art, lo­cal mu­si­cians, a tombola and lucky dip and, of course, plenty to eat and drink.’

The Scot­tish Wildlife Trust, cham­pion of Scot­land’s wildlife since 1964, man­ages 120 wildlife re­serves across the coun­try and works to pro­tect all wildlife and wild places. The Argyll and Lochaber Group, part of a network of more than 1000 vol­un­teers, sup­ports the work of the trust and helps look af­ter lo­cal re­serves.

Argyll and the West Coast is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant for the in­ter­na­tion­ally-scarce Celtic rain­for­est, as rich in species as trop­i­cal rain­for­est.

Shian Wood, on the shores of the pic­turesque and in­ter­na­tion­ally pro­tected Loch Cr­eran, is a small but im­pres­sive ex­am­ple of an­cient wood­land, with won­der­ful dis­plays of wild­flow­ers and but­ter­flies.

Bal­lachuan Hazel­wood, on the beau­ti­ful Isle of Seil, is a stun­ning ex­am­ple of At­lantic hazel wood­land, rich in in­sects and lichens and also a great place for spot­ting ot­ters; cer­tainly the most mag­i­cal place for a walk.

Fur­ther south, Knap­dale, near Cri­nan, is the site of the first trial rein­tro­duc­tion of beavers to Bri­tain.

The beavers are hard to spot, but the trust or­gan­ises reg­u­lar walks to look for them and signs of their tree-felling and dam-build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. See www.scot­tish­beavers.org.uk/ visit-knap­dale/ for de­tails.

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