Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

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  • When the NP Act of Scotland was created. There were a set of Aims included that all NP’s should adhere to
  • This Ariel shot gives an even clearer impression of the division between the ‘Highlands’ & the ‘Lowlands’ across the HBF You can clearly see the different landscapes created by the geological collision
  • Associated with this wide range of habitat types is a correspondingly wide range of species. Iconic native species such as capercallie, osprey, golden eagle, black grouse, otter, red squirrel and water vole live in the park, as do less welcome species such as grey squirrel, ruffe & rhododendron ponticum. Some habitats and species in the park are widespread elsewhere in Scotland, for others the park is a stronghold and it contains a wealth of species and habitats that are of national and international importance for nature conservation. Of note are the freshwater fish communities of Loch Eck and Loch Lomond, the ancient oakwoods around Loch Lomond and in the Trossachs, and the alpine plant communities of the localised lime rich rocks on the upper slopes of Ben Lui and several other mountains.
  • Farming has traditionally been the most extensive land use. Mostly mixed stock. Hardy sheep and cattle breeds. Glen Luss-beginnings of the the use of sheep by lairds to make more money out of land, leading to the Highland Clearances.   Sheep by Loch Lomond Farming in decline Problems of contamination of water supplies by bacteria in animal droppings (cryptosporidium outbreak in Glasgows water supply a few years ago) Loch Katrine Economic conditions in farming can be expected to continue the trend towards further abandonment of grazing in the high uplands and conversion of lower reaches into forest, with consequent impacts on vegetation type and thus scenic properties.   Cryptosporidium has led to a bandonment of grazing in the Loch Katrine catchment Loss of shepherding jobs FE preferred bidder to manage the area Proposal to plant broadleaf woodland Conflicts with deer interests Biosecurity concerns – esp after foot and mouth
  • Great expanses of what is now the NP are covered with managed forestry. We have tow forest parks-Argyll and Queen Elizabeth. These were planted after the 2 nd WW in response to the serious shortage of wood resources in the country. These large plantation of pine forestry provide not only an important natural resources but also recreation, habitats and important ‘carbon sinks’ Many of the plantations are now reaching maturity. The FCS are clear felling these and either replanting with more pine tree or with native trees. This creates a number of issues such as habitat disturbance/destruction/scarring of the landscape and effects on recreation and access. However the long term goal is to have more natural native woodlands across the NP
  • Hydro Schemes Uses the waters of Loch Sloy, which are held back by the Sloy Dam (56 m high & 357 m long) Dam raised water level of loch by 47m and doubled its length. Has an operating head of 277 metres over a 4km distance – this difference in height over such a short distance is ideal for hydro-electric generation. Some land managers are now creating small scale hydro schemes eg Inverbeg to help supply electricity to their properties etc
  • Long Distance Routes WHW/Rob Roy Way/Cowal Way WLL Cycle Route Route 7
  • Loch Lomond has always attracted boat users and cruises. People used to even live on boat houses on the loch.
  • Unfortunately we are victims of our own success. All this combination of landscape, water, history, culture and ease of access (75% of pop. Within 2 hrs drive of loch Lomond side) means that there are more and more situations of conflict arising in the National Park. We need to look at managing these activities so that the park is a place for everyone to enjoy and to balance these activities with the need to conserve and enhance those special qualities
  • Commenced on 5 th February 2005 Based on 3 key principles Respect for the interests of other people Care for the environment Taking responsibility for your own actions
  • Reduce disturbance to wildlife Reduce disturbance to other loch users Improve safety
  • Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

    1. 1. Bienvenue dans le Parc national du Loch Lomond & The Trossachs
    2. 2. Whose idea was it anyway? John Muir
    3. 3. To help people who live in the park make it a better place to live and work for them. To look after the plants animals and history of the area. To make sure that people use the park wisely and don’t destroy it. To help people understand why it’s a special place and how best to enjoy it. National Park Aims (or Promises)
    4. 4. National Park Priorities <ul><li>Rural regeneration </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Visitor Experience </li></ul>
    5. 5. Highland Boundary Fault Line C’est ici que les Lowlands, ou Basses Terres, prennent fin abruptement au niveau de la faille bordière des Highlands, une formation géologique massive qui traverse le parc national .
    6. 6. Priority Species and Habitats
    7. 10. Invasive Species Rhododendron
    8. 11. Invasive Species Grey Squirrel
    9. 12. Invasive Species Mink
    10. 13. Land Use Farming
    11. 14. Land Use Forestry
    12. 15. Land Use Natural Energy
    13. 16. Land Use Recreation
    14. 17. Land Use Boating tradition
    15. 18. Visitor Pressures Seasonal issues
    16. 20. Access rights Scottish Outdoor Access Code
    17. 21. <ul><li>Reduce disturbance to wildlife. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce disturbance to other Loch users. </li></ul><ul><li>Improve safety. </li></ul>Loch Lomond Byelaws
    18. 22. <ul><li>What a tremendous experience! </li></ul><ul><li>Warmest thanks to Beverly our ranger! </li></ul>

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