West Loch Awe comprises of five forest blocks - Achachenna, Collaig, Inverinan, Loch Avich and Inverliever - lying to the west of Loch Awe. The local villages of Kilchrenan, Inverinan, Dalavich and Inverliever surround the forest areas.

Inverinan and Inverliever have some recreational interests with Loch Avich important to local fishing groups. The area is important in terms of wildlife and biodiversity. The forest areas also provide catchments for both public and private water supply.

The edges of all five blocks are highly visible, with the western side of Loch Avich and the far eastern side of Collaig both classified as areas of outstanding panoramic quality.

Objectives

Our objectives for the land management plan are:

  • Provide sustainable productive forest with a diverse range of species, taking into account resilience to future threats of climate change and disease
  • Improve public road resilience (C29&C30)
  • Landscape reappraisal with larger coupes when appropriate for the need of fewer forest roads
  • Restore ancient woodland sites and peatlands
  • Protect and enhance cultural assets & key wildlife species
  • Adopt low impact silvicultural systems (LISS)/alternative to clearfell (ATC) practices where practical.

Timeline

Summer 2018: Begin Land Management Plan
October 2018: Internal scoping meeting
Spring 2019: Public consultation (TBC)
September 2019: Submission of plan to Perth & Argyll Conservancy for approval

Documents and Maps

Information will be added here as the plan develops.

Contact us

If you would like to comment, or if you would like to receive notification of further developments with the plan, please contact:

Jeni West
Planning Forester
West Region
Whitegates
Lochgilphead
PA31 8RS

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Telephone: +44 (0)3000675510 or 07770368561