The winter months are the perfect time for us to remove trees and scrub from various parts of the reserve, in order to prevent encroachment into wetland habitats. In this particular case, willow trees growing between the loch and Levenmouth pool have become a natural barrier between the two water bodies. By removing some of these trees, we hope to open up a clearer flight path for wildfowl and waders to find shelter and food in the pool.
By laying some of the shoreline willow scrub over on the loch shore, we are also creating more overhanging shoreline vegetation which provides duck broods with essential cover while ducklings are vulnerable to predation.
It’s always a good day out for volunteers when they can have a nice warming bonfire on a cold winter day, and spirits were lifted even higher with a couple of bags of marshmallows! (Thanks to Susan and Craig for the marshmallows!)
So that’s our team all off now until the New Year, when we re-group to get stuck in to some more activities around the reserve. A final (slightly cliched?) shot to share with you all, as I bid you farewell, and wish you all the happiest of festive seasons!