Dave Windle

At the end of last year, Tom Wallace gave a talk, as part of our winter lecture series, on this volunteering programme. It's aimed at paths but, while the weather is poor, does low-level activities. This year, there has been a work group at Glen Tanar working on the habitat around the Fairy Lochan. The aim was to cut back some of the trees to reduce shade and to clear some of the moss from the water to return more of it to open water.

At lunch, we learnt about the dragonflies and damsel flies that will benefit from this work. The rare Northern Damsel Fly should hopefully prosper, even if you need to be an expert to recognise it! People were friendly, and the weather was excellent. We all had a good time – see photos below!

Work Party at Fairy Lochan Recovery time!

By the time that you read this, there will have been a second work party at the Glenlivet estate near Tomintoul. If you like doing practical things outside in fine surroundings, then I encourage you to get in touch and volunteer. You won’t regret it! (Further details at


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