The water vole, known to many of us as Ratty in The Wind In The Willows, has been under threat in recent years in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs - mainly due to the presence of mink.
Now a project to re-colonise areas of the Loch Ard Forest has seen the species successfully re-colonise seven out of eight sites where they were re-introduced.
The project saw 960 water voles released in the spring and summer of 2008, 2009 and 2010. More than 50 more were released in spring/summer 2011.
A 2010 survey found that:
In addition, the scheme has:
The scheme has been undertaken with the help of the Forestry Commission, the National Park Authority and Scottish Natural Heritage.
School children in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs have helped boost the population of one of Britain's rarest native fish, the powan.
A 'relict species' from the last Ice Age, the powan is found in only two Scottish lochs – Loch Lomond and Loch Eck – both in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.
These fish populations were coming under increased pressure so the Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust set up a project with local primary schools which saw school children rear powans in their classrooms (in a hatchery) then release them into the wild:
The largest broadleaved woodland in Scotland is being created in The Great Trossachs Forest - one of the most significant woodland regeneration schemes in the UK.
It covers a 166km square area roughly the size of Glasgow, from Loch Lomond in the west to Callandar in the east.
The project is being run by the Scottish Forest Alliance (the Forestry Commission, the Woodland Trust, the RSPB and BP).
The scheme's aim is to:
So far 220 hectares of new native woodland has been planted at Loch Katrine and a further 200 hectares created during the winter of 2010-2011.