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Lockerbie and Lochmaben
Storm damage closes reserve

ESKRIGG Nature Reserve near Lockerbie remains closed following damage from Storms Arwen and Barra.

Jim Rae, Eskrigg Reserve manager, yesterday confirmed there were still some fallen trees blocking the pathways following Arwen and that on Tuesday several overhanging Scots pines were brought down by the latest storm.
Mr Rae said: “Our teams are working as we speak. There are a lot of fallen trees throughout the reserve. But we hope to be back open in the next week, or so.

“There were also many trees brought down by the two storms in the woods adjacent to the reserve and Castle Milk Estate’s forestry staff are presently working to clear the fallen and hanging trees from the paths and roads. Their efforts are greatly appreciated and the area will be opened again just as soon as it is safe to do so.”

The reserve is run as part of the Lockerbie Wildlife Trust and is known for its local beauty and red squirrel population. It draws hundreds of visitors every week.

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Storm damage work

Storm damage work

'STEADY progress' is being made in clearing storm damage from trails and mountain biking routes across south Scotland, including at Ae Forest, pictured.