New hide arrives at DML

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2 NOVEMBER 2012NEWS RELEASE No: 15718

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The latest addition to the new-look David Marshall Lodge and trails is offering wildlife fans a great opportunity to spot bugs, birds and beasties.

The brand new red squirrel hide, added as part of the Forestry Commission Scotland’s upgrade of all the facilities at the Aberfoyle site is now in place and is sure to be a big hit with nature lovers.

Mairi Buchanan, for the Commission’s team in Aberfoyle, said:

“It’s a fantastic hide, really well situated and it looks out on to a great mix of woodland and habitats.

“A lot of people will come here to have a look at he red squirrels, but there’s a huge variety of birds to be seen here – as well as butterflies, moths and….(?)

“It’s also another step towards us achieving our goal of creating a visitor centre and location that is able to compete with the very best around the country.

“If we are to get people to come to DML – and keep coming back – then we have to give them something pretty special. The last stage is refurbishing the Lodge itself and when that’s completed in March next year, we’ll be pretty hard to beat.”

Refurbishment work at the Lodge is ongoing and is due to be completed by March 2013, however visitors can take advantage of the mini-lodge over the winter months.

Open seven days a week from 10am – 4pm, the mini lodge includes an information area for trail and wildlife info, toilet facilities and a temporary cafe area that can seat around 30 people.

For more information about the works – ands to get an idea of what the made-over Lodge will look like, visit: www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/INFD-8MYJA9

Notes to Editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

2.  For news, events and recreation information log on to www.facebook.com/enjoyscotlandsforests For Twitter www.twitter.com/dmlaberfoyle

3. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0131 314 6507.

e-mail: paul.munro@forestry.gsi.gov.uk