Funding gap bridged for new crossing

Funding has been provided for a new footbridge at Balgavies Nature Reserve, near Forfar. The original crossing was lost during severe flooding in Janauary this year.

Funding has been provided for a new footbridge at Balgavies Nature Reserve, near Forfar. The original crossing was lost during severe flooding in Janauary this year.

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A footbridge lost to severe flooding at an Angus nature reserve will be replaced after the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) secured funding of more than £5,000 for the scheme.

A temporary structure had to be put in place across a burn at Balgavies Loch, near Forfar, after January’s floods washed away the original crossing on the footpath around the loch.

The new bridge will be in place by March next year, ensuring that visitors can complete the circular walk around the reserve throughout the year.

Drainage will also be improved to reduce the risk of future flooding.

Funding for the scheme has been provided with a £5,446 grant from the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund, administered through the Angus Environmental Trust.

Rab Potter, reserves manager, said: “Balgavies is incredibly important for local wildlife. It’s a great place to see wintering birds including goldeneye, teal and widgeon, and a haven for red squirrels.

“This support from Angus Environment Trust means that the circular route around the reserve will be secure and safe all year around, and the public can continue to enjoy visiting this very special place.”