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Dunphail Breathing Place

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Dunphail Breathing Place is situated behind Edinkillie Community Hall. (Dunphail is shown marked on the map to the right.) It was established in 2009 through the efforts of the Edinkillie Community and Dava Way Associations with the support of Logie Estate using funding from the Big Lottery fund Breathing Places programme. The aim of the Breathing Places programme is to create wildlife friendly green spaces that benefit communities.

Breathing Place map

This Breathing Place serves as an access point for the Dava Way path and the neighbouring countryside including the semi mature birch woodland opposite. Within the Breathing Place site itself we have provided a simple path network and picnic facilities for visitors who wish to stop here awhile and enjoy the area. Extra trees, including fruit trees, have been planted along with hedgerow plants to improve the range of shelter and food for wildlife. There is also a pond that has been formed within a naturally wet area of the site. Once established it is hoped that this pond will also encourage an increased variety of species. There are two information boards, one outlining the planting and work done around the site and the other highlighting a little of the history of the sidings and the Highland Railway.

We hope you enjoy your visit. The photographs below provide a variety of views around the site.

photo: newly planted trees with renovated buffer photo: bird box photo: family at picnic tables photo: pond photo: fungi foray photo: newly planted trees photo: nearby birchwood photo: opening photo: newly planted trees with renovated buffer photo: newly planted trees with renovated buffer photo: newly planted trees with renovated buffer photo: newly planted trees with renovated buffer photo: newly planted trees with renovated buffer photo: newly planted trees with renovated buffer photo: newly planted trees with renovated buffer

Renovated buffer with newly planted trees behind

17 bird boxes have been put up within or nearby the site

Picnic tables provide a pleasant spot for lunch

Newly formed pond with some early planting

Local people about to go on a fungi foray

Newly planted rowan, birch and maple trees

The Dava Way path leads into the nearby birchwood

Around 100 people came to the opening in 2009

One of several woodpile habitats formed

The picnic areas are near to the parking and Dava Way path

A local group gathers to explore the surrounding area

Newly formed parking areas

Newly planted hedgerow plants and trees

Jan 2009, work underway with main contractor work completed

Dava Way path and information board within the site

thumb: Renovated buffer with new trees thumb: bird box thumb: family at picnic table thumb: pond thumb: fungi foray thumb: newly planted trees thumb: nearby birchwood thumb: opening thumb: woodpile thumb: picnic areas and parking thumb: local group thumb: new parking area thumb: new hedegrow and trees thumb: Jan 2009, work underway thumb: Dava Way information board

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