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Maryculter Wood in early summer

Purpose of the Trust

  • To advance environmental protection including preservation, sustainable development, native habitat restoration and conservation of the natural environment in the community woodlands in the Parish of Maryculter, Aberdeenshire (“the Maryculter woodlands”) for the benefit of the community and the public in general.

  • To manage community land and associated assets in a sustainable manner for the benefit of the Community and the public in general. Such management will follow the principles of sustainable development (where sustainable development means development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs).

  • To advance the education of the wider Community (including those attending local schools, universities, local clubs and organisations) about the natural history, environment, archaeological and cultural heritage of the Maryculter woodlands. Such purpose could be met by activities including, but not limited to, arranging and conducting research, preparation and organisation of lectures, exhibitions, seminars and guided tours.

  • To promote, develop and manage projects and initiatives for recreation and leisure in the Maryculter woodlands with the object of improving the conditions of life for the inhabitants of the Community.

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Winter in the river valley

Squirrel Watch

We have recently found chewed cones of Norway and Sitka spruce from across the entire area of the wood - previously, we have only seen eaten cones on the eastern (Kingcausie) side of the Crynoch Burn. We do not know if the nibblers were red or grey squirrels - but we suspect it is red squirrels displaced from Kingcausie by the tree-felling for the AWPR. One thing the community could do that would be a HUGE help would be to report all sightings of red or grey squirrels to Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels at scottishsquirrels.org.uk.