Dunollie custodians look to go native

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Woodland Trust Scotland (WTS) is in for a busy time over the next few months as work to improve safety and access at Dunollie Woods gets under way.

The UK’s largest conservation charity took over management of the 80-acre ancient woodland on the northern edge of Oban back in February.

Last Thursday’s drop-in at the Corran Halls gave members of the community a chance to find out more about the general plans and to voice their thoughts directly to the Woodland Trust.

‘We are still very much at the planning stages and the rest of this year will be spent carrying out litter clearance, path and fence repairs and replacement, strimming and general tidying,’ said WTS site manager Ross Watson.

‘We will then be looking to eradicate invasive non-native species and replace them with native trees which which support a spectacular range of plants, ferns, mosses, lichens and flowers.’

The trust will manage woodland on and between the two hills, Barra Mor and Barr Cruinn.

There will also be volunteering opportunities to take part in woodland conservation and the WTS says it is aiming to use local contractors where possible.

A more detailed management plan will be consulted on before the end of the year.