In pictures: Wildfire-hit nature reserve a year on

RSPB Scotland says there are signs of recovery at a Highland nature reserve that was badly damaged by a wildfire last year.

Flames burned in woodland and moor near Cannich, south of Inverness, for two weeks over late May and early June.

Wildfire damage
Trees and moorland were damaged by fire [Stephen Mclaughlin/RSPB Scotland]
Dozens of firefighters helped by gamekeepers and other volunteers battled the flames [Stephen Mclaughlin/RSPB Scotland]

At the height of the incident, a Nasa satellite detected smoke from the wildfire drifting 12-mile (20km) west towards Loch Ness.

RSPB Scotland said a year on some parts of its Corrimony nature reserve were recovering naturally. It has also been planting new trees after raising £200,000 in donations.

Black grouse, Scottish crossbills, crested tits and golden eagles are among the reserve's bird species.

Sapling at Corrimony
A sapling at Corrimony reserve [RSPB Scotland]

RSPB Scotland said it was believed a camping stove was the cause of the wildfire.

Dozens of firefighters tackled the incident, supported by gamekeepers and waterbombing by helicopters.

Fire crews spent days extinguishing deep-seated hotspots in layers of peatland.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service estimated the wildfire burned through five square miles (15 sq km) of land.

House-builder Barratt Homes and conservation charity Trees for Life have also helped with restoration work at Corrimony.

Tree planting at Corrimony
Tree planting at Corrimony [Stephen Magee/RSP Scotland]
Corrimony reserve
The nature reserve still shows scars left by the fire [RSPB Scotland]

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