The volunteers also helped to carry out a bat survey, to see if any bat roosts were present in the old buildings in Balmacara Square.
After lots of hard work, the volunteers finished off their weekend with a guided walk, from Balmacara’s Estate Conservation Officer Barbara Macritchie. The walk enabled the volunteers to learn more about the crofting communities of the area and to explore this stunning landscape.
Tayside CV Robert Dey enjoys volunteering with the Trust. He said:
“It’s a chance to work in the most wondrous landscapes, a chance to catch up with old friends, and to make new ones; and to feel you are making a difference and contributing something to the community.”
The Conservation Volunteers help the National Trust for Scotland carry out essential work on their countryside properties. The groups usually work at countryside properties in teams of up to 12, with work varying greatly but often including: footpath repair and construction; woodland work, fencing, litter clearance, bracken control and garden work. They undertake day projects (usually on a Saturday) or weekend projects where accommodation is provided. If you would like to know more about becoming a Conservation Volunteer with the NTS visit www.nts.org.uk/volunteering/Outdoor.