Flurry of activity on and off Balgavies Loch

Some of the improvement work at the Balgavies Loch nature reserve.
Some of the improvement work at the Balgavies Loch nature reserve.

Major improvement work has been carried out to the popular Balgavies Loch nature reserve on the outskirts of Forfar, thanks to grant funding.

In recent months visitors have not only been able to view the stunning array of wildlife but have witnessed work carried out to the path network by the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

The work has included the removal of the wooden stiles along the north side of the loch which have been replaced with metal gates.

A Trust spokesman said: “The work at Balgavies was to upgrade the popular footpath, repair fencing to protect from grazing animals and upgrade the car park and access path.

“This was possible due to a £25,000 grant from Angus Environmental Trust through the Landfill Communities Fund.

“Further woodland restoration work at the reserve has now started due to another grant from Angus Environmental Trust totalling £12,500.”

The reserve is popular for bird watchers and nature lovers, as well as walkers, all year round.

At this time of year, the reserve has a great variety wildlife for visitors to see.

On the loch itself there are currently lots of wildfowl and geese.

There is also a hide on the reserve which provides a fantastic vantage point from which to see song birds, woodpeckers and red squirrels.

Rab Potter, The Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve manager for North Scotland, said: “The Scottish Wildlife Trust is very thankful for the grant from Angus Environmental Trust which has allowed for the project at Balgavies to be undertaken.

“There is a wide variety of wildlife visible at Balgavies this time of year. From the hide on the reserve, visitors will be able to see various songbirds, woodpeckers and possibly red squirrels.

“If people have not been to Balgavies before, I would urge them to visit this fantastic Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve.”