Welcome to our latest edition of the Findhorn Hinterland Trust's newsletter
There have been quite a few changes since our last newsletter went out, one of which is the recent introduction of a membership fee (ratified by the Trustees and the members at the 2019 AGM). 

When the FHT purchase the Green Burial site we became a ' burial authority', which carries with it a 100-year (and more) commitment!  As a result it became vital that we take steps to secure the ongoing sustainability of our work long into the future...

As a friend and former member we invite you to renew your support by participating in our newly created annual membership fee programme by clicking here.

Thank you so much in advance!  Meanwhile we have lots of news from the land that we all love...

In 2020 FHT commissioned a Local Biodiversity Action Plan which is now complete and which you can read here. This comprehensive document will inform how we care for the land over the next years.

Also in this newsletter are tales from the bees;  information from two biodiversity studies carried out on the land this year; and a report on our recent Christmas tree sales.

We are happy to share this news with you and look forward to seeing you on the land.
With warm regards, 
Jonathan Caddy
for the FHT Trustees
Update on the Outdoor Classroom
in the Edible Woodland Garden

contributed by Ariane Burgess

Work has started up again on the Outdoor Learning Space with a lively group of volunteers working together. This work will see the completion of a phase funded by the National Postcode Lottery and the Pebble Trust, and we hope to get it done by the end of the year.

Our current activity is focused on the part of the back wall which is a cordwood wall - made from cob and pine logs. We are also completing the rocket stove heated bench, which we hope will warm the bums of those lucky enough to sit on it when they visit or participate in a workshop!

When we are able to source more funding there is more work that we can do - possibly in the summer and in the meantime, the space will be usable with social distancing. Please come along and see for yourself how cosy this space can be!  We look forward to welcoming you

The Buzz from the Bees
contributed by Martin Harker  

The apiary on the Findhorn Hinterland comprises eight hives with about a quarter of a million residents - the wonderful honeybee!  The hives are managed by a small and enthusiastic group and it is fascinating and rewarding to have the care of the bees; we never cease to be amazed, and sometimes perplexed, by them.

The bees produced just a small surplus honey for us to harvest this year; however there were a few precious jars of golden honey for a few lucky people to buy.  Every teaspoon of honey represents the lifetime's work of 12 bees - something to bear in mind when you next put honey on your porridge or toast.  Please consume it with respect!

Covid-19 has prevented us from having any formal educational visits, however, we are always keen to share our knowledge with anyone who wishes to learn about beekeeping.  If you would like to find out more, please call Jonathan Caddy on 07825212816 or email or visit our website for more info.

Fascinating Fungi and Marvellous Mosses 
by Alan Watson Featherstone
Two specialist biodiversity surveys have been carried out on the Hinterland in 2020:

A total of 51 bryophyte species (mosses and lichens) have been found on the site, including a moss (Tetraplodon mnioides) that grows on dog poo!  Its occurrence reflects the popularity of the Hinterland with dog walkers!  Gordon Rothero, who conducted the survey, described this as “a respectable total for a small lowland site on the eastern side of Scotland with a limited range of habitat”.

A fungal survey was conducted during September and October, and a total of 178 fungi have been recorded on site now, including several interesting and unusual fungi.  The Sandy Earthtongue (Sabuloglossum arenarium), is a small black fungus that occurs in sand dunes, with very few records in Scotland, and a rust fungus  (Pucciniastrum goodyerae) that has only been recorded from a handful of sites in the UK, all in the northeast of Scotland and Moray. Read more in the three individual reports on the FungiBryophytes and Mosses and Liverworts on the land we manage.
Waved silk moss (Plagiothecium undulatum) on the Findhorn Hinterland.
Hinterland Work Parties will begin again at the end of January - subject to Covid-19 guidelines - from 9.30am to midday on the last Saturday of every month. Meet at the Hinterland Information Point in Wilkies Wood. Map here...

In the New Year, you can help to strip the bark from some of our timbers. If you'd like to join in please contact Jonathan Caddy. This work will support the development of the Conservation Hub -  a new physical base for the work of the Trust. More information will be shared in our next newsletter.

There is always plenty work to be done - please contact Kajedo Wander, the FHT Land Manager if you are interested in joining in or would like more information.

If you would like to get involved with the future direction and focus of the Findhorn Hinterland Trust, you might consider becoming a Trustee. There are currently vacancies on the board, and we are also looking for people with IT and admin skills.  If you are interested, please contact Jonathan, or speak to one of the Trustees when you see us around The Park!
Alan Watson Feathersone, our Land Trustee, joined us from Trees for Life, the award-winning charity that he founded in 1986.  Alan brings a huge wealth of experience to the board, ranging from his knowledge of biosystems and high-level management skills from his many years on the board of Trees for Life.  He is also a trustee of Wild things! and Trees for Hope, as well as a patron of Moor Trees.
Will Russell, our Green Burial Coordinator and one of our committee members, is pictured here with the new sign for the Green Burial site - now proudly owned and managed by the FHT.

In addition to Alan, the other FHT Trustees are:  Jonathan Caddy (chair), Jacqueline Buckingham (treasurer), Judith Bone (secretary), Sylvia Robertson and Donna Skelly.

Christmas Tree Event
contributed by Jonathan Caddy

Thank you to all those that joined us out on the land to collect their special Christmas tree for this festive season.  No mince pies and mulled wine this year due to Covid, but there was a fire and a little social time outdoors. 

The event brought in about £800 as well as helping us with part of our conservation work - removing non-native Lodgepole Pines from rare maritime heath habitats. 

A big thank you to all who supported this event!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! xx

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