WILDLIFE watchers in Helensburgh and Lomond are being advised that building work has begun on a new nature trail at the RSPB’s Loch Lomond reserve.

Nature trails at the site near Gartocharn remain open, but people visiting the reserve are being advised that the surfaces of trails will be particularly uneven during the construction period until the end of March and that there may be disruption to some people’s visits.

Planning permission for the RSPB Scotland ‘Paths to the Loch’ project was granted by the National Park Authority in May 2020, but the start of work was significantly delayed by the pandemic.

The centrepiece of the project is a new trail stretching over 1.3 kilometres linking the Shore Wood to the existing path network and visitor hub at the site.

The work is being carried out by contract managers Ironside Farrar and contractors McLaren Plant Ltd, both of whom have worked on projects at the reserve in the past.

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