7. Sep, 2015

Ranger Service - Forfar Loch

Enjoyed a visit to the Ranger Centre in Forfar this morning where I met Christine and Craig. The main purpose of my visit was to accept the gift of coastal wild flower seeds to promote the growth of indiginous plants in East Haven. Whilst I was there I was given a guided tour of the wild life garden which is the most amazing place to visit if anybody is interested in doing something to increase bio-diversity in their own garden. It's full of really good ideas which can easily be replicated at little or no cost. It made me realise, that if everybody did just 'one thing' to increase bio-diversity it would have an enourmous impact globally. Examples were, building a wood pile for insects over the winter or allowing nettles to grow in a small part of the garden. Not many of us like nettles but they are one of the most important plants for wildlife in the UK supporting over 40 species of insect including butterflies. Craig then provided me with lots of information to bring back to East Haven to help residents carry out a survey of the wildlife we already have in our gardens. Residents are telling us that they have everything from hedgehogs to house martins so we want to start recording that information during the different seasons. Forfar Ranger Centre is certainly a place to visit so do keep a note of it on your 'must do' list. They are open 1pm to 4pm until end of September than 2pm to 4pm during the winter.