Autumn rain

The seasonal showers of the last few days may have dampened the spirits for those wishing to enjoy the October holidays.  But it is great to finally see some water back in Levenmouth pools.

Levenmouth pools

Levenmouth pools

The water level around the loch has risen by at least a couple of inches over the last few days.  With more water in the pools, we’ve already begun to see some Teal moving over from the loch.  It usually becomes a hotspot through the winter months for a a wide range of wildfowl, so it’ll be worth keeping an eye on things when you’re passing by Levenmouth over the next few weeks.  Lots of wildlife depends on the rainfall we’re experiencing just now.  Fungi rely on there being plenty of moisture in the air during autumn.

Stinkhorn

Stinkhorn

Honey Fungus

Honey Fungus

Seen growing from a tree stump at Burleigh car park

Shaggy Scalycap

Moisture on the ground also helps amphibians move about in search of suitable winter hibernaculums.

Toad

Toad

Toad

Toad

The wet weather doesn’t deter Dippers in search of fish and aquatic invertebrates for food in the River Leven.  They are fascinating to watch as they’re rounded shape appears to make it difficult for them to fully submerge.  They keep on popping back up to the surface and going back down again, as if bobbing like a cork!

Dipper

Dipper

 

About Craig.Nisbet

Reserve Officer Loch Leven National Nature Reserve Scottish Natural Heritage
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