For the latest episode of the Woodland Walks podcast, I explored the wilderness of Loch Arkaig Pine Forest - one of Scotland's remaining fragments of native Caledonian pinewood. It lies within an iconic landscape of sparkling lochs fringed by mountains, full of rare wildlife and flora.
Over land and loch, I met site manager Steve Morris, raptor expert Lewis Pate, project manager Jessica Maxwell and other custodians of this truly astonishing landscape.
In the first podcast, we explored Heartwood - a vast new forest of more than half a million trees, pockets of ancient woodland, wildflower meadows and fantastic wildlife. I was joined by Beccy Speight, chief executive of the Woodland Trust, along with Tim Wright and Brian Legg, some of the amazing volunteers who’ve had a huge hand in creating England's largest new native woodland.
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I am keen to hear from you as well – so if you have a favourite woodland walk, do tell me about it in a short email or if you can, make a 5 minute or so recording of your own walk and we may feature your woodland walk in a future podcast.
I’ll be off on another woodland walk next month. Hope you can join me.