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Visitor experience at Inverness nature reserve to be enhanced

By Neil MacPhail

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ONE of Inverness’s hidden gems is set to shine more brightly.

The boardwalk and signs at Merkinch Local Nature Reserve are suffering from exposure to the elements and Highland Council is seeking planning permission for improvements.

It is proposed to replace the wooden boardwalk across a tidal area at Kessock Fields and for new signs erected.

The replacement boardwalk will be wider and adjoining paths resurfaced. The application is under consideration.

The area has tidal pools, marshes, reed beds and scrub land and is a haven for wildlife in the area.

It is sanctuary to the occasional roe deer as well as owls, weasels, herons, cormorants and various other wading birds.

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