Carsehall work continues

We were busy down at Carsehall Bog on Wednesday, working on installing some dam piling to the recently created wetland area on Carsehall Bog.

Dam piling loaded onto the Iron Horse

Dam piling loaded onto the Iron Horse

One of many uses found for the Iron Horse

One of many uses found for the Iron Horse

The dam will prevent any breaches between wetland and loch, thereby retaining water and maintaining roosting and feeding habitat for wildfowl and waders alike.

Neil directing proceedings

Neil directing proceedings

Jimmy on his way.  He'd finished working on clearing silt from the reedbed

Jimmy on his way. He’d finished working on clearing silt from the reedbed

The digger arrives

The digger arrives

With the dry summer that we’ve had, the wetland area was looking more like an African mud hole, with an abundance of Toad Rush colonising the exposed mudflats.

Toad Rush dominating the area around the pool

Toad Rush dominating the area around the pool

Toad Rush

Toad Rush

Volunteer Alan Reid was in good spirits, and Reserve Manager Neil Mitchell was getting down to some hard graft hammering the dam piling in before Jimmy Louden’s drove them in the rest of the way, and re-landscaped the bank of the pool.

The JCB drives the dam piling deeper underground

The JCB drives the dam piling deeper underground

Neil Mitchell getting down to some hammering!

Neil Mitchell getting down to some hammering!

Alan looks on as Jimmy works away with his JCB

Alan looks on as Jimmy works away with his JCB

Alan took the news there was no tea break rather badly!

Alan took the news there was no tea break rather badly!

If you like what you see, and would like to find out more about volunteering with us at Loch Leven NNR, we work with volunteers on a wide variety of conservation tasks every Wednesday, and you’d be welcome to get stuck in with us.  Just get in touch through the blog, or give us a call at the reserve office on 01577 864439.

About Craig.Nisbet

Reserve Officer Loch Leven National Nature Reserve Scottish Natural Heritage
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