Part Six - Dua
Despite having lived in the Highlands for over 4 years now I had never been to Glen Nevis before starting the Ranger course at West Highland College. Instinctively I had classed the area as a busy tourist destination to be avoided.
It is hard to describe the moment I first laid eyes on Steall Meadow, we had taken the high path which gave us a sudden high view of this hidden landscape. It was completely empty of other people and in my mind's eye I could see its potential, with the native woodland reaching across both hillsides. A hidden pocket of biodiversity managed by small scale crofters. It even isn’t too hard to imagine a pair of brown bear cubs playing in the river, or a pack of wolves chasing deer across the meadow.
Over the last few months I have had the opportunity to get close and personal with Steall, building and maintaining paths, surveying habitat and taking part in herbivore impact assessments. Every single time I found something new, learnt something new and developed an understanding for the site and its needs.
It has been a privilege to contribute just a little bit in the conservation and improvement of this gem I never knew existed.