RSPB Corrimony

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Corrimony weeks are based at the RSPB reserve near the Strathglass Special Area of Conservation. This is an upland site of 1531 ha, half of which is being returned to Caledonian Forest. Situated just over 20 miles south-west of Inverness, the reserve lies close to both Glen Affric and Dundreggan

 

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Volunteers planting young trees amongst the heather at Corrimony RSPB Reserve.
One of the tranquil wee lochans on the RSPB reserve at Corrimony.
A volunteer with a newly planted Scots pine seedling at Corrimony.
Naturally regenerated birches growing on a hillside at Corrimony.
Volunteers cutting down non-native lodgepole pine.
A volunteer with young Scots pines for planting at Corrimony.

The aim of our work here is to help the RSPB to restore both Caledonian Forest and wetland to an area of former conifer plantation. The main task volunteers will help with is planting native species in the newly fenced exclosures as part of the woodland restoration on the reserve. Other tasks will include removal of non-native species such as lodgepole pine and Sitka spruce, to create space for native trees to grow. Other tasks may include removal of deer fences and blocking drainage ditches previously ploughed for commercial forestry, to help restore and maintain the reserve's mires and bog pools. Some of the work sites are remote and will require over an hour's walk over rough terrain, so a good level of fitness is necessary. If you have an ankle, knee, hip or lower back injury, please call the office on 01309 691292 to discuss before booking.

Accommodation is at the Tomich Holiday Chalets. These well-equipped woodland lodges are set amongst tranquil birchwoods on the edge of Tomich, a conservation village. There are on-site laundry and drying facilities, a games room and, from April - October, a swimming pool. Each lodge has two twin rooms and one double room so a good location for couples. There will be daily chores such as cleaning tools and cooking meals for the group.

Bedding not required as provided.

Plodda Falls and Culligran Falls are other popular locations to visit on foot. For the more adventurous amongst you, there are a number of Munros (mountain peaks over 3,000 feet in elevation) to tackle in the area. Loch Ness is within easy reach by local bus services and provides numerous options for your day off, including the popular Loch Ness Monster Exhibition at Drumnadrochit, boat trips on the loch from Fort Augustus, and the famous Urquhart Castle, only 15 miles away. 

Please note that the day off is also a day off for the leaders of the week. The minibus may sometimes be available for use as a group (cost to be covered by volunteers) but you may need to rely on local transport to reach some of these locations.

The RSPB reserve is home to various rare bird species, including the Scottish crossbill, red-throated diver, black grouse, crested tit and magnificent golden eagle. On recent weeks we have also been lucky enough to see hen harriers and short-eared owls.

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