Have you ever seen a Gadwall at the Falls of Clyde?

Earlier in the week a local volunteer informed me that he had spotted three female Gadwall on the Clyde, up river from the reserve. Gadwall are quite similar to female Mallard, they are in fact in the same family and can be found next to each other in the bird guide.

Male (back) and female (front) Gadwall (c) Derek Moore

Male (back) and female (front) Gadwall (c) Derek Moore

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What are you doing to help wildlife this Christmas?

At this time of year it is easy to get wrapped up in the Christmas festivities, stressing about what presents to buy people and worrying if your turkey will fit in the oven. So take a moment to think about what you and your family can do to help wildlife at this time of year. At the Falls of Clyde we are running an event called Elves Workshops. Now elves normally make presents for children but our little elves this year will be making presents for your garden wildlife. Children can come along and dress up as elves and do a variety of craft related activities.

Festive bird feeder (c) Laura Preston

Festive bird feeder (c) Laura Preston

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Local Landscape Heroes sought in the Clyde and Avon Valley

From farmers to millers and poets to painters, a new volunteering project, Local Landscape Heroes, will celebrate the people that have shaped the Clyde and Avon Valley.

Volunteers are being sought to identify local landscape heroes from Hamilton to Strathaven, New Lanark and all places in between, no matter how famous, infamous or obscure, living or dead. This will be done by a variety of means, including uncovering secrets from old diaries, digging out photos unseen for decades and re-photographing scenes today and identify pieces of art created by those inspired by the Clyde and Avon Valley.

Millie Frood (1900-1988) Turning Hay, date unknown, Culture NL Museums and Heritage

Millie Frood (1900-1988) Turning Hay, date unknown, Culture NL Museums and Heritage

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How to tell the difference between cormorant and shag

Cormorant and shag are two similar looking closely related and frequently confused bird species. They are both black, reptilian-like, fish eating water birds that swim low on the water with their heads up tilted towards the sky. Both are diving birds and when resting can be found sat upright on rocks in their familiar spread-eagle pose.

Cormorant (c) Zsuzsanna Bird

Cormorant (c) Zsuzsanna Bird

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