Wildlife trails re-open to lead visitors to beaver family lodge

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Anyone looking for something different to do should come along to Barnluasgan and visit the nearby beaver lodge.

With the Barnluasgan car park and trails re-opened after extensive upgrade work carried out by Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) staff, there has never been a better time to find evidence or catch a glimpse of these animals.

FLS visitor services ranger Joanne Maclean said: ‘The Knapdale beavers have been thriving since being reintroduced into nearby Loch Coille Bharr in 2009.

‘They’ve not been slow to move upstream into Loch Barnluasgan, where Bjornar and Millie have been since 2017 – almost as if they knew that we’d be upgrading and improving the woodland, the surrounding trails and the visitor car park.

‘As part of a bigger, long-term management plan to restore native broadleaf woodland, we’ve removed non-native trees which will help to stabilise steep slopes.

‘It’s all to manage and protect habitats and species – and our local beaver family seems to be impressed with our efforts.’

Active from spring to late autumn, mornings and evenings are the best times to come along and catch a glimpse of resident beavers, Bjornar and Millie, and their four kits.

Start your journey in the Wildlife Information Centre before exploring around Loch Barnluasgan.

Heading west from Cairnbaan on the B841, turn left onto the B8025 at Bellanoch. After about a mile, turn left towards Achnamara and you’ll find Barnluasgan just after the junction on the left.

Forestry and Land Scot is currently reviewing the Land Management Plan for Knapdale which includes Barnluasgan. Find out more or attend a future public consultation and keep an eye out locally for posters and flyers.