Our latest Scotland’s Nature blog post hears from Catriona Reid, self-confessed technophobe and Reserve Manager at the spectacular Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve.
“I dislike technology in most forms. I still carry a phone the size of a brick and I think RAM is a big sheep with horns. So I got a very pleasant surprise when our new video of the reserve arrived. Taken over the course of a year, it shows some of the places, plants and animals that make Muir of Dinnet NNR so special. The video is now on display in our new Burn O Vat Visitor Centre – just come in and press the play button. However, if you can’t make it, or if you want a “taster” of the reserve before visiting, you can view it on YouTube here.
“If you like what you see please come and visit us – with fine weather and the school holidays upon us it’s a great time to get out into the countryside. Youngsters love it here: there’s water to play in, walks of various lengths and the adventure of scrambling through the crack in the rock into the Vat itself. And of course there’s wonderful wildlife to see – it looks good on the video but nothing compares to the thrill of seeing an animal in the wild.
Over the summer we also run a programme of events. Join us for our family Fun Day, 12-4pm on Sunday 7th July; come for a Wild Foods Walk, or one of our Fungi Forays, or even more fun with Mudpie Adventures! Details of all these events and more can be found on the NNR website events page.
“There is also an opportunity to have your say in the future of Muir of Dinnet NNR. We are drawing up a Management Plan for the next 10 years and we are asking for your thoughts on our plans. The consultation will run from 7th July – 19th August 2013 and details will be posted on the NNR website. There will also be a display and leaflets about the consultation at the Burn O Vat Visitor Centre during this time.”
The Scotland’s National Nature Reserves Facebook page is a great way to see what’s happening across all of our NNRs. The page is regularly updated by our enthusiastic NNR staff who are keen to share with you the special places where they work and the wonderful wildlife they encounter. Follow the link above and ‘Like’ the page to keep up-to-date.