Findhorn Hinterland Trust Newsletter - Issue 2 - July 2016
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Welcome to your July 2016 newsletter from the Findhorn Hinterland Trust!  

Great to hear the positive responses to this newsletter -  a way we can share news, events, stories and pictures to do with the Findhorn Hinterland.

Please do let us know if you have anything you would like to see included and if you can  do get involved in the fun and learning on this unique and special piece of land. 

Exploring a Base for the Findhorn Hinterland Trust.
-Visit to the Assynt Foundation.
Could a new building for tools, tractor and a small office be part of the next management plan coming from the public consultation report to be released next month?  Would it be possible to build it as a green wood working  project/workshop involving members in the learning and experience and have it made largely from trees from Wilkies Wood? If so what might it look like, where might it go, what might be the right size and who might be willing to oversee such a project?
To gain inspiration and try to answer some of these questions, three FHT members visited the green wood craftsman Henry Fosbrooke working on similar buildings in the far north west of Scotland for the Assynt Foundation.

Opportunities and News
Interested in learning from experts about the archaeology of the land and the details or who lives there by being able to track animals from the signs they leave? Wondering when and where the Hinterland Public Consultation report can be seen or ways you might be able to help out the Trust?  Find out more by following the link to our July news page.  
Do you know what our ancestors used this for?
New Tractor Shed and FHT Base?
FHT Land Manager Kajedo checking out possible building dimensions.

Monthly Hinterland Community Events

Ragwort Control and Education / Saturday 30th July 2016 - 9.30am - 12.00pm

Species rich grassland is noted in the Hinterland Local Biodiversity Action Plan as being a nationally rare habitat. Author, local professional ecologist Sean Reed, states:

'This habitat is arguably the UK's most threatened, with 97% loss between 1930 and 1980 and obvious consequence for the specialised wildlife which depends on it, including bees and butterflies. Recommended management here focusses on careful planning of grazing to maximise the availability of flowers through the summer maintaining an intimate mosaic of open grasslands and gorse thickets with sheltered glades.'

Corrie and Milo, two native ponies, carry out this conservation grazing.  To keep them healthy, removal of potentially poisonous ragwort plants is necessary and is now an annual land maintenance event. Do join us this Saturday (details here) to help with this work and find out more about this plants reputation as a biodiversity enhancer and livestock killer!  You might like to research some of the real facts about this plant first by following this link.
Archaeologist Micheal Sharp uncovering artefacts from the dunes.
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