Visitor facilities at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond will be re-opening this Easter, along with a brand new path to help people explore the Gartocharn nature reserve.
The path runs from the site's nature hub and car park through areas of bluebell woodland and orchid meadows, down to a pond that's currently full of frogspawn. It creates an easy access route into a beautiful part of the site, and was built with support from the ScottishPower Foundation, SUEZ Communities Trust (through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund) and the Brown Forbes Memorial Fund.
Paula Baker, RSPB Scotland Site Manager said: "Much of RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond is a wetland, which means it often floods in winter, and even in the spring and summer it can still be a bit soggy underfoot. This is great for the wildlife, but not always ideal for visitors.
"The new path will mean that you don't need to pull on your wellies to explore, and the easier access will particularly benefit families and anyone who prefers a more stable surface to walk on. We're very grateful to our funders for all the support that they've given us."
Regular weekend guided walks start up again at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond on April 8, and there will be two days of Easter fun on April 15 and 16, with nature crafts and an Easter egg hunt. For more information, visit www.rspb.org.uk/lochlomond or call 01389 830670.
Cruises on Loch Lomond to RSPB Scotland Inversnaid are also underway again this April, with trips running every Tuesday from Tarbet Pier at 11.30am. To book tickets, please phone Cruise Loch Lomond on 01301 702356 or visit https://www.cruiselochlomond.co.uk.
· The RSPB is the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.
· The Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF) - any waste that is discarded which cannot be reused, reprocessed or recycled may ultimately be disposed of in a landfill site. To encourage the re-use, recycle and recovery of more value from waste and use more environmentally friendly methods of waste disposal, Landfill Tax is charged on each tonne of waste sent to landfill. Landfill Operators (LOs) are able to redirect a small proportion of landfill tax liability to Approved Bodies to support a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF). The SLCF is regulated by SEPA on behalf of Revenue Scotland. For further information, please visit www.SEPA.org.uk
· The ScottishPower Foundation is a registered Scottish charity (SC043862) and a company limited by guarantee (SC445116). The Foundation's aim is to make a significant and lasting contribution to society and enhance the quality of life in local communities. It provides funding to registered charities and non-profit organisations for the following purposes: the advancement of education; the advancement of environmental protection; the advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science; the prevention or relief of poverty and the relief of those in need by reason of disability or other disadvantage; the advancement of citizenship and community development.
· SUEZ Communities Trust (formerly SITA Trust) is an independent funding body set up in 1997 and provides funding through the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund. To date SUEZ Communities Trust has supported more than 3,900 projects to a combined value of over £110 million using tax credits donated by Suez Recycling and Recovery UK (formerly SITA UK).For information on how to apply for funding from SUEZ Communities Trust call (01454) 262910 or visit www.suezcommunitiestrust.org.uk