Monday, 19 April 2010

Native Hardwoods

This notice has been put on the forest gate at Gariob Cottage, approximately two thirds of a mile from the Dubh Loch, current residence of three Norwegian beavers which are being encouraged to fell native hardwoods in an area which was cleared of conifers to create a native woodland habitat.

Just so everyone is quite clear - if beavers fell native hardwoods in a Special Area of Conservation it is very good because they open up the canopy and create wonderful wetland habitat for other creatures. If a human fells native hardwoods in a Special Area of Conservation it is very bad because it removes the shade which provides a marvellous habitat for natural regeneration of trees and other flora. And don't forget that because deer kill trees they will be shot. It is good to know there is a consistent policy on all things to do with Knapdale Forest.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

New Beaver Des Res on Lily Loch

The new arrivals to bolster the flagging numbers of the Knapdale Beaver Project will be glad to know that their new living quarters are ready. An eco friendly straw bale lodge with conifer topping on the East side of the Lily Loch, out of sight of the viewing point bench but easy enough to find for beaver enthusiasts. Perhaps the residents are already ensconced - it won't be long before we find out.

The beavers are geographically contained in Knapdale - or so it was thought before the Creag Mhor beavers dispersed soon after the beginning of the trial. In case the two new beavers (paired up remnants of the November 2008 importation) decide to head south, beaver proof fences and water gates have been installed on two burns which flow into Loch Sween. The fringe of broadleaf woodland around the Lily Loch is unlikely to provide sufficient habitat for any length of time so it will be interesting to see if they stay there. Watch this space.