Findhorn Hinterland Trust Newsletter - Issue 1 - May 2016
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Welcome to your newsletter from the Findhorn Hinterland Trust!  

We will be keeping you up-to-date with news and events as well as sharing your stories and pictures of time spent on the Hinterland.

We hope you enjoy reading about the Hinterland and please do let us know if you have anything you would like to see included here. 

Please tell us what you think about the new format - we are aiming for quality over quantity with less email but more of what interests you so that you can get involved, have fun and learn about this unique and special land. 

Scottish Dragon Finders Visit Hinterland Ponds.

Frogbit, Crowsfoot, Yellow Flag, Bogbean and … Yes all these freshwater aquatic plants and more were prepared and planted by a dozen enthusiastic Findhorn Hinterland Trust members in the wildlife ponds on the southern edge of Wilkies Wood.  Froglife staff, Claire and Alistair, who are part of the Scottish Dragon Finder Project set up five years ago to raise awareness and help our native amphibians and reptiles, were there with all the equipment and knowledge to help us.  It was a chance to learn and play together – one way of enjoying a second childhood whilst creating habitat for our fellow creatures.

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Tours On the Wilder Side!

Remember that Free tours of the land are offered every Thursday.  Take the time to find out much more about where you thought you lived - it may open your eyes to a whole new world!
Already taken part - tell your friends and visitors about it!           Details.
Ariane preparing to drown some Frogbit!

Monthly Hinterland Community Events

Lichen Conservation and Education / Saturday 28th May 2016 - 9.30am - 12.00pm

A chance to get down close and personal with some of the 163 lichen species on some of the best lichen beds in the UK. Local enthusiast Heather Paul will be sharing her liking for Lichens whilst we tackle clearing off invasive lodgepole pine from the area.  More details here

Why are we managing this land in this way?  If you want a definitive answer you would need to go to the over 100 page Findhorn Dunes Trust 2008 Findhorn Lichen Survey or read on to find out what local professional ecologist Sean Reed had to say in an earlier article posted last year.    

Dune shingle and sand dunes are very rare habitats in Europe and are listed in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.  We are very fortunate to have some of the best examples of natural coastal habitat right here on our doorstep.  Our dune heaths support some of the rarest lichens in the country, including the endangered matt felt lichen.
Over the last 50 years or so fragile coastal habitats like this have come under huge pressure from industrial developments, housing schemes, golf courses, sand-winning and forestry plantations.  What remains are a few scattered jewels and we have some here at Findhorn...       


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