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ANOTHER NNR RE-OPENS TO THE PUBLIC
06/04/2001
ANOTHER NNR RE-OPENS TO THE PUBLIC

Loch a Mhuilinn National Nature Reserve in North-West Sutherland will tomorrow (5 April) be re-opened to the public following its closure last month due to the Foot and Mouth Disease. This now brings the total number of Nature Reserves opened in the Highlands to ten.

The decision follows the completion of a detailed risk assessment for the area where hazards to livestock and affected wildlife were considered. Risk assessments are currently being undertaken on National Nature Reserves throughout Scotland and several areas are being opened again with restrictions.

Alex Scott, SNH Area Officer for North Highland commented: The main worry concerning the risk of FMD and the Loch a Mhuilinn Reserve was that there was livestock by the roadside adjacent to the reserve. This livestock has now been removed and as the reserve area, including the car park, is fully fenced we dont see any further reason to remain closed to the public. We are happy to be able to welcome people back to the reserve and would ask that they follow the path within the NNR and adhere to the comeback code which is now displayed at the entrance to the site.

Other SNH reserves in the Highlands which have been re-opened include Beinn Eighe in Wester Ross (Tel. 01445 760254), Creag Meagaidh near Newtonmore (with restrictions Tel. 01528 544265), and Corrieshalloch Gorge near Ullapool (Tel. 01854 613418). Regular updates are being posted on the SNH website at www.snh.org.uk and VisitScotland has a hotline information number, 0131 332 2433.


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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Mary MacLean, SNH Inverness Alex Scott, SNH Ullapool
Tel:01463 723100/723134 01854 613418
Email: mary.maclean@snh.gov.uk alex.scott@snh.gov.uk