Looking back at our achievements
A diverse mix of habitats are home to a variety of wildlife. Here are some highlights of our time at this stunning Scottish reserve.
- 2012 Thanks to the generous donations from our supporters, a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the support of our partners, we were able to buy part of this amazing place.
- 2013 Work began to transform the site into an exciting nature reserve for wildlife and people. A new site manager was appointed to lead the project into the next phase and lots of time was spent getting to know the site through surveys and monitoring.
- 2014 Work began on grassland restoration for geese and waders. We also began working closely with local farmers to expand cattle grazing on site and introduced rush management to provide more feeding opportunities for wintering geese.
- 2015 The access road and car park were built, allowing access for visitors. Spotted crakes were rediscovered on site during a project with Glasgow University.
- 2016 A new visitor hub and nature discovery zone were created and residential volunteering opportunities began. Five calling male spotted crakes were recorded.
- 2017 Airey Woodland Trail and Viewpoint Trail were built and opened to the public, as was Scottish Scenic Routes structure “Gaels View”. The highest-ever count of Greenland white-fronted geese was recorded onsite.
- 2018 A pond-dipping area has just been created, thanks to ScottishPower Foundation funding. The development of project plans for Aber Bog restoration, wetland creation and future visitor opportunities are now being explored.