Stormy weather

Don’t know why
There’s no sun up in the sky
Stormy weather….

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.

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The path undermined by an easterly storm

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Good team work with staff and volunteers helped to load our boat with sandbags

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Dave at the controls. Using the boat was the easiest way to move building materials to the site

 

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Jock and Jeremy unloading the boat

 

 

 

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Under repair

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Our regular Wednesday volunteers hard at work

 

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.

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Reserve officer cuts down an over-hanging tree

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This tree had fallen into  a farmer’s field

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Job done but getting across the ditch full of deep water wasn’t so easy…

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Undignified maybe but safer than walking across!

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.

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NC Conservation students  clearing a pond with rakes

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?

About Tom-Trainee Reserve Officer

After studying conservation at Elmwood college in Fife, I am doing a fulltime student placement at Loch Leven National Nature Reserve. This is with the Kinross team at Scottish National Heritage.
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One Response to Stormy weather

  1. Alex Gilfillan says:

    Fantastic,truly amazing the work that goes on behind the scenes by staff and volunteers to keep Loch Leven the fantastic place it is,well done to you all.

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