We were asked some time ago if we could accommodate a group of volunteers for a day’s hard graft on the reserve. Royal Bank of Scotland staff were looking for an annual community based voluntary project to get stuck into, and one of our regular volunteers suggested Loch Leven as a good location.
Last Friday I welcomed 15 staff from the local area, some of whom had never visited Loch Leven, to assist with some tree guard removal on the eastern shore of the loch. Not the most exciting job in the world, but important work nonetheless, and the fruits of their labour were plain to see after several hours and some excellent teamwork. Half the group joined me in the morning, with the other half taking over for the afternoon.
We also had time for a little bit of wildlife watching when a couple of us caught a distant view of an Osprey, as well as being surrounded by a chorus of Sedge Warblers and Skylarks. The local Mute Swans on the Pow Burn went about their business in the afternoon as the group worked in the area.
Many thanks to David Alston for organising the day, to Dougie Bell for leading the group and to all the staff that gave their time to assist with the work. I’m pleased to say that everybody left with a smile on their face!