Castle Loch Lochmaben Community Trust


This weeks DGWGO Friday focus is on The Local Community page recently set up by th Castle loch LochMaben Community Trust


In 2013 Castle Loch, the surrounding woodlands and Lochfield Cottage came up for sale and the residents of Lochmaben and the surrounding Royal Four Towns rallied together to secure the funds to purchase this wonderful resource. Covering 107 hectares the Loch has a catalogue of special environmental designations for its birdlife, with some 200 species having been recorded on and around the Loch, including pink-footed geese, goosanders, willow tits and occasional sightings of osprey. Otters are Loch residents and red squirrel forage around in the Loch side woods. Thirteen species of dragonfly can also be seen darting around the reeds of the Loch fringes.




In January 2014 all the hard work came to fruition with the Trust securing the Loch for the town and the next phase could begin. Darren Flint, the part-time Project Officer, is now focusing on three main areas over the coming months: to extend the existing footpath round the Loch to create a 4.5 km circular walk; to increase awareness of the history, uses and environmental importance of the Loch through the power of social media, the website and a series of public events, and to recruit many hands to come and volunteer at the site.

If you have any ideas for events you would like to see at Castle Loch or if you fancy coming along to get your hands dirty with a spot of volunteering, please contact Darren on [email protected]

 Please follow the trust on their Facebook page and website on the link below




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