Ben­der­loch and North Con­nel

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

THE SAND quarry be­side Oban Air­port in North Con­nel is a pop­u­lar nest­ing area for the Sand Martin.

The quarry own­ers and staff are fa­mil­iar with the habits of the nest­ing Sand Martins which is why ex­trac­tion at the site is only car­ried out be­tween Oc­to­ber and March.

Work is tak­ing place at the mo­ment and, when com­pleted, dry ver­ti­cal banks will be cre­ated in the sand pit in prepa­ra­tion for the ar­rival of the birds mid-March to mid-April.

Sand Martins and their nests are fully pro­tected by the Wildlife and Coun­try­side Act 1981.

THE VIEW­POINT be­side the layby south of Ben­der­loch is pop­u­lar with vis­i­tors and lo­cal res­i­dents.

Ard­chat­tan Com­mu­nity Coun­cil owns the area and vol­un­teers main­tain it. An early spring clean has started on the site with the re­moval of bro­ken tubs and over­grown shrub. The Rowan trees have been trimmed back, open­ing up the won­der­ful view.

There is still some work needed on the benches and the fence. Any­one will­ing to help is in­vited to the next meet­ing of Ard­chat­tan Com­mu­nity Coun­cil on Thurs­day Fe­bru­ary 23 at the Vic­tory Hall, Ben­der­loch, at 7:30pm.

THE POP­U­LAR ‘Pop-up Café’ hosted its sec­ond event of the year on Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 17.

Teas, cof­fee and cakes were on of­fer at the Ben­der­loch Church Hall from be­tween 2.30 to 4.30pm.

Ev­ery­one is wel­come and do­na­tions sup­port the devel­op­ment of the res­i­dents’ gar­den at Lynn of Lorne Care Home.

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