Weather, wildflowers and winged insects

What a week of weather! Rain, sunshine and some pretty dramatic thunder and lightning. I suspected that, after copious amounts of sun and rain, the plant life along our Wildflower Trail would happily growing with gusto and producing more lovely flowers.

Hoverfly (c) Michael Sveikutis

Hoverfly (c) Michael Sveikutis

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I saw a pine marten! (but not at the Falls of Clyde)

Recently, I have been volunteering my time with Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS). SSRS is a partnership project led by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. It’s a project to stop the decline of Scotland’s core red squirrel populations. Working closely with local communities, the project is seeking to improve conditions for red squirrels across Scotland, and combat the spread of the non-native grey squirrel. To find out more visit www.scottishsquirrels.org.uk.

Pine Marten (c) Karl Franz

Pine Marten (c) Karl Franz

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The Forest Kings and Queens of Chatelherault

As work continues to remove 20 hectares of non-native woodland from the High Parks of Chatelherault, an ancient Iron Age, Roman and Early Medieval landscape is being rediscovered by volunteer archaeologists.

Chatelherault Visitor Centre and parterre garden (c) Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership

Chatelherault Visitor Centre and parterre garden (c) Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership

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A chance encounter with a goosander family

A few days ago, I was walking along the boardwalk back to the Visitor Centre when I heard a curious harsh, croaking noise in the undergrowth, by the water. As I came closer, the mystery creature sped away with a flurry of splashes into the river. It was a female goosander, followed by nine large chicks.

Female goosander with chick (c) Zhou Xuan

Female goosander with chick (c) Zhou Xuan

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What to do in July!

What a dreich week we are having! How disappointing to think that we are in the middle of July and it feels like the middle of March. But fear not the Spanish Plume is coming or at least it was rumoured to be coming. Now it seems less and less likely that we will have a 30-degree heatwave, more like ‘average July temperatures’. So what have you got planned for this average July? The reserve is looking amazing at the moment. As I walk along the paths my senses are overloaded with honeysuckle and elderflower in the woods and meadowsweet in the meadow. It is well worth a visit and we have some events coming up that you might be interested in.

Small White (cc) Rachel Hartland

Small White (cc) Rachel Hartland

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