Frogs and pipits and deer, oh my!

The variety of wildlife that has come into view this week has been outstanding. There hasn’t been a day when I haven’t seen something new, followed by throwing myself into books to learn about them. With the river’s water level at a low point, schools of minnows were clearly noticeable beneath Dundaff Linn. A frog was spotted jumping through long grass, as was a doe and roe fawn along the edge of the woodland. Such wonderful sightings came at the price of some intensive physical management and surveys this week. Nature is nothing if not rewarding for hard work.

Roe fawns (c) Scottish Wildlife Trust

Roe fawns (c) Scottish Wildlife Trust

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A new species of bat for the Falls of Clyde!

A couple of weeks ago you may remember me mentioning that we were taking part in the Southern Scotland Bat Survey. We recently received the preliminary results of the first survey and we were quite excited to discover a new bat species here at the Falls of Clyde reserve. Do not get too excited – when I say new bat species, I mean new to the reserve, not new to the world!

Noctule Bat (c) Tom Marshall

Noctule Bat (c) Tom Marshall

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Spring scenes in focus for photography competition

Local scenic spots at Strathclyde Loch, New Lanark and Mauldslie Woods were amongst the focal points chosen for six winning images in the Clyde and Avon Valley spring photo competition.

Spring winners collect their prizes, (L-R) Sarah O’Sullivan, CAVLP Communications Officer, Charlotte Edgar, Alison Alder, Bryan Frame, Lucy West, Susan West (c) Clyde and Avon Valley  Landscape Partnership

Spring winners collect their prizes, (L-R) Sarah O’Sullivan, CAVLP Communications Officer, Charlotte Edgar, Alison Alder, Bryan Frame, Lucy West, Susan West (c) Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership

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So long and thank you to our interns!

Taking on an intern can give the host organisation a much-needed boost during a busy time and, hopefully, is an enriching experience for the intern, which they will take with them into their future career and personal life. This year, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has taken on three interns to add to the Ranger Team numbers at Falls of Clyde.

Public engagement (c) Susanne Maas

Public engagement (c) Susanne Maas

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Wild summer ahead for local children

FREE Growing Up Wild events, offering families the chance to get out and play in the Clyde Valley, are available this summer holiday.

Den building (c) Jacqueline Meager

Den building (c) Jacqueline Meager

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