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1 Apr 2021

Make your own miniature nature reserve

A boy lies on the grass on his tummy, resting his chin on his hands. In front of him is a planting tray, filled with soil, pine cones, stones and twigs. He is smiling.
Admiring the finished masterpiece
Have some fun with your family, or on your own, by creating your own small-scale nature reserve!

We based ours on Glencoe, complete with rocky peaks, pine forests and a lochan.

What you’ll need

• A fairly deep tray – such as an old potting tray or a window box

• Compost

• An old plastic tub/yoghurt pot

• Selection of foraged items

• Seeds (if planting)

Step-by-step instructions

1. Spread some compost across the base of the tray. If your tray is very deep, put a layer of small stones down first for drainage, then add the compost.

2. For the pond/lochan, clear an area big enough to insert the plastic tub. Fill it with water.

3. Plant some seeds or bulbs if you have any. We used pine cones to represent the ancient woodlands. Our wildflower seeds were also sown, and we’ll keep watering the tray until they sprout later in the year.

4. Add interesting features. We used sea glass for the River Coe, and rocks and moss to represent the Munros that surround the glen.

We’d love to see your creations! Remember to tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

We can’t wait to welcome you back to our places this spring. Our countryside teams across Scotland have come up with their top 10 tips to help you make the most of the time you spend in the great outdoors, whilst helping us to protect our much-loved landscapes at the same time.

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