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It has been a busy summer in the Glen and Friends of Nevis volunteers have been giving their time to ensure it is still looking good for residents, visitors and biodiversity.
This has included several Monday morning litter picks, clearing up after busy weekends in the lower Glen, bracken bashing in the Nevis Landscape Partnership Future Forests tree enclosures at Polldubh and removing invasive American Skunk Cabbage from the site of the Old Studio at Achriabhach.
On the latter event, there was support from Matt Bradley and Ali Tait of Highland Council Ranger Team.
Throughout the summer, the Nevis Landscape Partnership/John Muir Trust Seasonal Ranger team has also been busy engaging with visitors, clearing litter and repairing fire scars.
They organised a herbal forage led by Clare Holohan, author of Scotland’s Wild Medicine, and a Fabulous Fungi Foray with Liz Holden, one of the UK’s leading Field Mycologists.
Recently, Friends of Nevis trustee Kirsty Ross and her fellow BTO licensed bird ringer John Owen resumed their popular drop-in bird ringing events with a successful first session in mid-September, ringing more than 80 birds and educating visitors about them. These will be running monthly till the end of the year.
There are a number of work parties and other events scheduled until the end of the year. Visit www.friendsofnevis.co.uk or www.nevislandscape.co.uk for more details or to sign up.
The Friends of Nevis annual general meeting is scheduled for the evening of Friday October 29.
Diary dates for autumn 2021:
Saturday October 16: Pathwork Awareness Workshop; Sunday October 17: Ben Nevis Footpath maintenance day; Friday October 29: Friends of Nevis annual general meeting, venue to be confirmed; Saturday November 6: Friends of Nevis work party; Saturday November 13: bird ringing in the Glen, drop in session at Glen Nevis Visitor Centre car park; Sunday November 21: Friends of Nevis autumn litter pick and Curling Ponds tidy up; Saturday December 4: Friends of Nevis Work party and Saturday December 11: bird ringing in the Glen, drop-in session at Glen Nevis Visitor Centre car park.