Renovations at wildlife reserve

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Nature lovers will face some disruption in the coming months as a wildlife reserve near Fraserburgh undergoes six months of renovations.

The Loch of Strathbeg will make improvements to its visitor centre and parking area as well as providing a new office and more accomodation space for volunteers.

Richard Humpbridge, RSPB Scotland Loch of Strathbeg site manager, said: ““We are really excited to finally begin these improvements.

“The upgrades to the visitor facilities will help promote the area’s outstanding potential for wildlife tourism, while improvements to volunteer house will more than double the accommodation space available.”

The renovations are a result of funding from the Coastal Communities Fund and support from the Friends of Strathbeg and RSPB Aberdeen & District Local Group.

Work at the reserve will begin this week and is expected to last until some time in March.

Mr Humpidge said: “We know that autumn is a popular time of year for people to visit the reserve and are making every possible effort to minimise the impact of the improvement work on visitors.”

Jim Lister, Leader of the Fraserburgh and District Wildlife Explorers who celebrated twenty years as an organisation at the reserve last week, believes the improvements will be good for kids.

Mr Lister said: “Anything that helps the bird life is good as kids are more interested in the small birds.

“It will be a much more visitor friendly place.”

Mr Lister and his Wildlife Explorers had celebrated twenty years at the popular reservation last week where they built bird boxes at the Big Bird Box Bash.

Over forty people turned up to the event which had seen hundreds of kids pass through its ranks over the years.

They are currently looking for a new place to hold their wildlife meetings while the renovations get underway.

Loch of Strathbeg is the UK’s largest dune loch.

The wetland has more than 560 species of wildlife

In autumn and winter it is home to thousands of wild geese, swans and ducks, including up to 20 percent of the world’s population of pink-footed geese.