Last Week at Loch Leven

After a year at Loch Leven, its time for me to leave and hand over to Gus the new student placement with SNH. I will leave with many memories and photos and hope to visit before too long!  Thanks for all the staff and volunteers at Loch Leven who have made me feel so welcome.  I am going on to Aberdeen SRUC to continue my studies.

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Its been a busy few last days with SNH, I’ve been up at St Cyrus helping out with some nursery school age groups and teenage groups. At Loch Leven there has been repairs to be done at one of the hides due to vandalism.

This week gave me and a new volunteer the opportunity to visit Castle Island to hunt for an invasive species Himalayan Balsam, but not much was found!

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We have had the moth trap out a bit these last couple of weeks, and caught quite a few interesting specimens.

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Gus and I have also been busy helping out our regular invertebrate surveyors, looking for  bees, dragonflies and damselflies. Gus spotted our first Emerald Damselfly of the year!

We had another guided cycle around the Loch last week, despite the changeable weather we had some keen cyclists turn up on the day. There will be several more this year every Friday including the 5th and 12th of August. Also happening is an osprey walk at Burleigh Sands on the 18th of August. Booking essential, phone the SNH Loch Leven office on 01577 864439.

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Pond dipping was one of the many fun activities we did on the way round.

Here’s a few more pictures from my last couple of weeks at Loch Leven.

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Well that’s all for now, thanks for reading my blog posts, I’ve enjoyed doing them hope you have enjoyed to reading them too. Time to hand over to Gus now. I hope everyone will help Gus feel  welcome at Loch Leven NNR and help make his year here an interesting and productive time.

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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