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Conservationists apply for funding to replace boardwalk at Inverness beauty spot

The boardwalk at Merkinch Local Nature Reserve was at risk of closure.
The boardwalk at Merkinch Local Nature Reserve was at risk of closure.

Keepers of an Inverness beauty spot are appealing for the public’s support as they rally to secure funding for a new boardwalk.

A team of conservationists have been dedicating their time at Merkinch Local Nature Reserve to make good on repairs to help strengthen the path to secure its future.

Around 70% of the funding has already been secured from Sustrans, with the remainder sought through Highland Council’s common good fund.

The group has now issued a public appeal to help gather widespread backing for the extensive development.

Caroline Snow, project manager for the reserve, said: “We want to know the public are behind us.

“I think the boardwalk is wonderful, I think the nature reserve is wonderful, but I think it’s important that people understand that it’s not going to be £25,000 that fixes that.”

The 30-year-old wooden structure fell into a state of disrepair and was closed in August.

Ms Snow added: “I have not seen a huge amount of investment going on in South Kessock and Merkinch for the people who live there and I think the local community are what’s important.”

A spokesman for Sustrans Scotland said: “The boardwalk provides a fantastic viewpoint to spot local plants and wildlife – particularly the large colony of herons – and is a busy and important traffic-free route for people walking, cycling and wheeling to and from South Kessock.”

A council spokeswoman said: “All applications will be considered by the Inverness common good fund sub-committee on Monday, November 2.”

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