Bute Conservation Trust’s programme for 2015

The Bute Conservation Trust is responsible for maintenance of paths, signs and interpretation boards such as this route to Ettrick Bay as part of the legacy of the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme.
The Bute Conservation Trust is responsible for maintenance of paths, signs and interpretation boards such as this route to Ettrick Bay as part of the legacy of the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme.

The Bute Conservation Trust has unveiled details of its work plan for 2015.

The Trust’s members and volunteers will, as in 2014, mostly concentrate on the legacy of the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme (DBLPS), which saw £2.8 million spent on improving the island’s rural environment between 2008 and 2012.

BCT’s legacy work includes continuing maintenance of paths, gates, bridges, signs, way-markers and interpretation boards as well as clearance of path obstructions, weed growth and invasive species such as rhododendrons.

The trust is also investigating a range of possible projects for the coming year, including improvements to various stretches of the island’s long-distance walking route, the West Island Way, and the installation of trap cameras to record wildlife and bird activity.

BCT chairman Donald Kinnear said: “The Discover Bute ‘legacy’ work goes on until August 2018, when the DBLPS officially finishes, although that will not mean the end of the Trust - we will continue looking after the hinterland of Bute.”

The Trust’s office bearers, in addition to Mr Kinnear, are Don Williams (vice-chairman), Margaret Shields (secretary/treasurer), and trustees Sue Hothersall, Isobel Strong, Ian Brown, Glyn Collis, James McMillan, Len Scoullar, Billy Shields and Peter Wallace.

Members of the public can report any damage, breakages or suggestions for improvement to the island’s footpath network to Bute ranger and BCT trustee Ian Brown (07960 339774 or ranger@mountstuart.com) or to any of the trustees.