As Scotland has been battered by storm after storm, Loch Leven has also taken a clobbering. The Loch Leven Heritage Trail is still under water at points, and caution is advised when walking around the trail due to hazards such as deep water and potentially loose branches overhead.
Staff and volunteers have been hard at work repairing the damage caused by the storms. The ‘Factory’ hide and the path along side was badly undermined by a strong easterly storm.
As well as repairing the path and hide there were several other jobs to be done such as cutting down wind blown trees which had partially blocked the path or had fallen across a fence into a farmer’s field.
In stormy wet weather Danielle Muir from the British Dragonfly Society and conservation students from Elmwood College helped to partially clear a pond of horsetail (Equisetum palustre). We cleared the pond to make it more amenable for invertebrates and in particular dragonflies. Well done guys for coming out in such abhorrent weather, you did a tremendous job in hyperborean conditions.
Clearing a wildlife pond is best done in the colder months of the year (ideally autumn). This is when the pond lies dormant and there is less chance of disturbing its inhabitants which can include invertebrates as well as amphibians like newts frogs and toads.
Once the vegetation has been raked to the side of a pond, it is best to leave it on the pond bank. This will enable any species inadvertently pulled out with the vegetation a chance to make its way back into the pond.
Ponds are ideal for wildlife and often a have a large range of sometimes nationally rare species within them if kept in good condition. Why not try and build one in your garden?