Wildlife trust hosts summer fair in Oban
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.