Highland Titles and our Nature Reserves
The first Highland Titles Nature Reserve is located at Duror, Appin, Scotland. Purchased in 2007, the estate is managed by Highland Titles who are the wholly owned trading arm of the Highland Titles Charitable Trust for Scotland, a registered charity. The Nature Reserve is visited by thousands of people every year. We meet and greet dozens of visitors every day, and are proud that Visit Scotland, Sotland’s official tourist board, raised our rating from three to four stars in 2015. The nature reserve is now the most popular nature reserve in Scotland, according to Tripadvisor. At the time of writing we are #5 of 505 things to do in Scottish Highlands – even more popular on Trip Advisor than iconic Eilean Donan Castle at Kyle of Lochalsh. We work hard to ensure that our visitors are delighted. In 2014 Highland Titles opened their second reserve, overlooking Loch Loyne. Named Bumblebee Haven, it is being managed to support insect life, and in 2015 we gifted 4 Ha to the cause of the Scottish wildcat. We are pleased to have been able to make it possible for Wildcat Haven to establish their own fund raising arm. Together we CAN save the Scottish Wildcat.
We hope you can come and visit us. But for those who cannot we have arranged that with Google Streetview anyone can take a virtual “Walk in the Woods” and visit the Highland Titles Nature Reserve on the internet. Just click on the picture above to get started.
The land is registered with the Scottish government in the Registers of Scotland as ARG14245. Registers of Scotland (RoS) is responsible for compiling and maintaining registers relating to property and other legal documents. They record and safeguard rights whilst providing open and efficient access to important information.
Where is Glencoe Wood?
The Highland Titles Nature Reserve at Duror encompasses three small woods. Lairds Wood, Glencoe Wood and the newly established Diamond Jubilee Wood. These woods are in Appin, in the Scottish Highlands,
The Nature Reserve
We strongly encourage everyone to visit the Highland Titles Nature Reserves and we advertise them as visitor attractions with Visit Scotland (the Scottish Tourist Board), in the Landmark Press, and on local tourist maps. We are members of Discover Glencoe, who actively support visitors to the magnificent Glencoe area. We can be readily located on Google maps and are featured in Tourist Information centres locally.
Highland Titles are rightly proud of their flagship conservation project. Those unable to visit, can follow daily activity on the Facebook page.
The second Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Bumblebee Haven at Mountainview, Lochaber, was opened in 2014 following the construction of a 3km woodland track to enable visitors to walk down to Loch Loyne.
Following advice from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Highland Titles asked Trees For Life, who manage local estate Dundreggan and who have planted over 1 million trees in the 25 year history, to plant up a bumblebee friendly wood.
Bumblebee Haven is a mixed woodland planted on upland blanket peat on the banks of Loch Loyne, Inverness-shire, 10 miles from Invergarry and 46 miles south-west of Inverness. The woodland is mainly Sitka Spruce, a non-native species of tree which will have to be removed and replaced. It was planted in 1988 and in addition to the Sitka spruce it contains Lodgepole pine, with a few rowan, silver birch and grey willow.
The ground slopes down to Loch Loyne. The peaty soils support a number of specialist acid-loving and acid-tolerant plants and bryophytes, including four species of Sphagnum moss, hare’s-tail cotton grass and bog asphodel.
Several bumblebee species have been previously recorded within 10km of the wood:
- Early bumblebee (Bombus pratorum)
- Gypsy cuckoo bee (Bombus bohemicus)
- Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum)
- Broken-belted bumblebee (Bombus soroensis)
- Blaeberry Bumblebee (Bombus monticola)
- White tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum )
Of these species, 3 are relatively common (Early, Common carder and White tailed), 1 is less common (Gypsy cuckoo) and the most significant in terms of rarity are the Blaeberry bumblebee and the Broken-belted bumblebee.