Lochaber Times leader for August 4 2022

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This week we report on news that RSPB Scotland has taken over stewardship of the remote Glencripesdale nature reserve on Morvern.

RSPB Scotland bought the site from NatureScot and the new owners say they are ‘looking forward’ to working with the community and local landowners to restore the woodland as part of wider plans to restore rainforest across the Morvern peninsula that will bring benefits to rare species, climate and local jobs.

This is good to hear because the ultimate long-term success of such projects is always dependent on the involvement of communities.

Much of Scotland’s rainforest has been lost and the remnants are highly fragmented and often in need of restoration due to impacts from invasive species such as rhododendron ponticum and pressure from too many deer.

There will be a wealth of local knowledge available on such topics so hopefully RSPB Scotland staff will capitalise on that.

RSPB Scotland said it has been grateful so far for the support from local people and Sunart and Morvern community councils and wants to work not just with them but also with local contractors.

It is a fresh start for this reserve with an exciting new project that hopefully the surrounding communities will continue to support.

For that to happen, RSBP Scotland must continue – as we are sure it has already been – open, transparent and honest.

After all, this part of the world has had its fill of big landowners disinterested in the views of local residents.