Native scottish trees and lochs
On the way up David pointed out Loch Sloy Power Station and explained to me what hydroelectric power is. I have learned about it in school but it was cool to see one in real life. While we were up there we also saw Ben Cruachan Power Station which looked massive, even though it was hidden inside a mountain.
While there we went to Inverawe Smoke House and read all about salmon fishing and smoking in the area. David said how it was important to have small businesses all over like that as they are really important for the local community and society. I wasn't sure what he meant as it is totally different to what I know and I'm used to in Glasgow.
Kilchurn Castle was really cool and good fun even though it was soaking and we got manky. Wherever we went David kept pointing out trees that were important to the area and why we had to look after them. We saw areas that had been cut down and it makes sense to plant more. We went in a massive forest that was great fun and the ground was all soft and bouncy because of fallen pine leaves and moss. I didn't know that moss needs trees as much as trees need it and it's the same with mushrooms and the flakey bits on trees. They're called lichen and live off of the trees.
Today I have loved being outside and getting to learn stuff at the same time. It was fun and tiring. I hope to do more of that on my DoE expeditions. It's good getting to learn about the environment and how it's all linked together.