Shots from an evening stroll

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.

Mute Swans on the loch

Mute Swans on the loch

With the recent rainfall, the air felt fresh, and insects were out making the most of the sunshine.

Green-veined White Butterfly

Green-veined White Butterfly

Red-tailed Bumblebee

Red-tailed Bumblebee

Common Carder Bumblebee

Common Carder Bumblebee

Seven-spot Ladybird

Seven-spot Ladybird

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.

Himalayan Balsam- sprayed this week

Himalayan Balsam- sprayed this week

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.

'Around the warld soom Leven troot, fur crafty traivellers humphed them oot'

‘Around the warld soom Leven troot, fur crafty traivellers humphed them oot’

About Craig.Nisbet

Reserve Officer Loch Leven National Nature Reserve Scottish Natural Heritage
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