Sun, snow and surveys!

Whether rain, snow or shine, the ranger team have been out on the reserve this week doing a variety of tasks. Accompanying this has been the usual array of beautiful wildlife. With Mallard ducklings gracefully swimming downstream of Dundaff Linn and minnows tucked close into the river bank, there’s never a dull moment. There’s even been evidence of a raven’s nest on the gorge so our eyes and ears are peeled!

Mallard ducks (c) Darin Smith

Mallard ducks (c) Darin Smith

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Breeding birds in un-Spring-like weather

At this time of year, the spring air is full of the sounds of countless birds calling and singing. Males are vying with each other for the best territory and trying to attract the perfect mate. If you hear two birds calling to each other, it may well be two males letting each other know not to come any closer to their patch! The aggressive message is completely at odds with the singing that we humans find so melodic and a joy to listen to.

Blue Tit (c) Bob Coyle

Blue Tit (c) Bob Coyle

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Exciting new stuff!

Hi everyone!

A lot of new things have started these last two weeks! Every Saturday from now on a Public Engagement activity will take place. Last week it was wildflower time with delicious home made dandelion tea! Today Jess and I were doing some pond dipping. It was a quiet day, but we did find some cool pond creatures, such as Water boatman and loads of very cute tadpoles!

Pond dipping (c) Susanne Maas

Pond dipping (c) Susanne Maas

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Did you know that there are such things as wild daffodils?

Recently the team has been on a wild daffodil hunt here at the Falls of Clyde. Wild daffodils have been introduced into Scotland but are native to England and Wales. Technically they would be classed as non-native but as they are not an invasive species, and don’t pose a risk to other flora and fauna, they are ok in my book! In our site management plan species list, wild daffodil was listed but there were no other clues as to their whereabouts. Armed with the knowledge of what to look for, we have been searching out for these yellow beauties.

Wild Daffodils (c) Don Sutherland

Wild Daffodils (c) Don Sutherland

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Spring is here and so are some of our wild flowers – Part 2

As the days go by more of our wild flowers are appearing along the sides of the boardwalk, including: Great wood-rush, Cuckoo Flower, Pink Purslane, Moschatel, Blackthorn and Dog Violet.

Lady's Smock & Dandelion C. Philip Precey

Lady’s Smock & Dandelion (c) Philip Precey

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