Out monitoring the reserve last night. Not many people about, despite the beautiful evening sunshine. Numbers of Mute Swans building, with 515 here on the last Wetland Bird Survey.
With the recent rainfall, the air felt fresh, and insects were out making the most of the sunshine.
I spent most of the evening pulling patches of Himalayan Balsam that had been missed when spraying this week. Our balsam pulling efforts on Saturday were gallant, as we started to make a dent in the patches covering the Mary’s Knowe area. More help is needed for Saturday 17th August, if we are to clear this area before they go to seed.
A reminder was spotted on the way back to the car park of the global connections of the Loch Leven trout fishery. Loch Leven Trout have been exported to all corners of the globe over the years as they are considered to be popular catches amongst angling communities. This picture will be one we can use for next year’s Trout in the Classroom sessions with local schools.