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November 2017 - Black Isle Badgers

5th November 2017
Badger talk and visit to a sett.

Another fully booked event, in fact, overbooked so we hope to run another event in February or March next year. 15 people had an informative talk about badgers from Dave Walsh before walking to a local sett for a short visit. Despite there still being a covering of bracken several entrance holes were visible each with a spoil heap from the badger's excavations.

Dave is interested in setting up a Scottish Badgers surveying group on the Black Isle and would like to hear from anyone who can spare some time (mainly in the winter months) to help and learn more about these animals. He would also be pleased to hear from anyone who already knows of badger setts or who see badgers regularly. He can be contacted at 0307dbwalsh@gmail.com  

badger sett entrance with spoil heap visible


September 2017 - Fungi Forage

A full complement of eighteen people set off into Culbokie Woods for a Fungal Foray, with fungi expert Liz Holden.  We didn’t have to go far to find loads of beautiful and colourful species and we were shown what features to look for when trying to identify them.  The highlight of the morning was the discovery of the extremely rare ‘golden navel’ on a fallen spruce trunk.


July 2017 - BushCraft

All the children's bushcraft sessions were well attended with children not only coming from Culbokie but also from the wider Black Isle and beyond.  Ian Paterson, from Go Wild Highlands, had a wide range of activities over the four days to keep the children interested.  They made shelters, used a fire steel to make fire, tied knots to make a stretcher and a bridge, made charcoal, solved animal crime scenes and made twine from nettles. The most popular activity, however, was probably cooking 'bread' and marshmallows over the fire!

Bridge Building

Cooking 'Bread'


21st April 2017 - Work Party

The rain early in the day stopped just in time for a work party of eight who tackled the removal of rhododendron in Culbokie woods.

Three areas were cut down and as much as possible of the roots removed, with many seedlings at one area also being pulled up.

If allowed to grow unchecked rhododendron will take over native habitats, spreading by seeding and by layering to create a dense, dark canopy that stops anything growing underneath.

Attacking one rhododendron!

One worker and five helpers looking on and giving advice!



Report on Work Party, 3rd December 2016

Pleasant weather on Saturday 3rd December brought a turnout of about 25 adults and children to our annual Christmas Work Party. The verges near the bench on the bend of the main track were cleared to allow flowers and grasses to flourish in a sunny area known for butterflies and dragonflies. The path, originally a track, which goes NE from the bench and had become very overgrown and unpleasant to walk along was also cleared.  It is now open, giving good access and a better experience for walkers and joggers.

Trees for Christmas were taken home by many of the workers after a successful few hours work.

Report on Guided Walk, 21st July 2016

In beautiful weather, over 20 people participated in a guided walk to explore the small and winding paths of Culbokie Wood away from the main forestry extraction routes. The group visited Culbokie Loch and the ancient remains of two dams on Findon Burn. Other highlights included an unusual orchid called 'creeping ladies tresses', some woodpecker holes, a range of other flowers, fungi and ferns and a discussion about the glacial geology of the woods.


Several members of the group continued on for a jolly  evening in the Culbokie Inn where talk turned to further events such as a specialist walk to look at the mushrooms.


New Benches - May 2016

Walkers in the wood will have noticed the recent addition of some rustic benches at both ends of the wood. These have been provided by the Forestry Commission at the request of CCT. The one in Culbokie Woods is several hundred meters from the main entrance, set in a small open glade where the sun can get in - a good place to rest and absorb the atmostphere. The one in Glascairn Wood has been placed up on the Glascairn Ridge where there is a break in the trees to give a brilliant view of Ben Wyvis. This is a great place to sit and contemplate the enormous geological forces that have shaped our landscape (details in the Culbokie Woods leaflet)


Bench in Culbokie Wood
Bench in Culbokie Wood
Photo by Lesley Robb
Bench in Glascairn Wood
Bench in Glascairn Wood
Photo by Lesley Robb