Whoop whoop!

 

It’s been a very busy week! But the past two days probably make up for the majority of the busy-ness, as we’ve had two groups of S1s from Kinross High School in learning about biodiversity, taxonomy and wildlife recording!

Both days consisted of an introduction to the reserve, what NNRs are all about, what is biodiversity and why we need to protect it, a little starter lesson in taxonomy, and then we went on to the wildlife recording activities.

These included a good ol’ bug hunt, some sweep netting, and (most popular) pond dipping!

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Bug hunting at RSPB Loch Leven

The best catch of both days were Great Diving Beetles, caught on both days! It was particularly good to see this in the pond as it showed that the pond had a healthy enough ecosystem that it could support predators such as this one.

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Great Diving Beetle – Dytiscus marginalis

We also managed to find frogs, loads and loads of Sticklebacks, Damselfly larva, an Alderfly larvae, Whirligig Beetles, other diving beetles, Black Darter, Orb-weaver Spiders, some moths, and the list goes on!

Whilst helping with the excitement of discovering invertebrates, I did manage to keep an eye out for new arrivals on the loch. The most exciting of these were 8 Whooper Swans flying over the floods at the RSPB section of the reserve, these being the first of the season! I managed to spot 3 yesterday but didn’t have much time to give it a good look. Ospreys are still lingering, they tend to be on fence posts at the RSPB reserve.

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Whooper Swans taken through one of the scopes at Vane Farm

There’s been some Pink-footed Geese about, but I haven’t had much time to check their usual haunts so only counted 83 on Tuesday afternoon. We’re putting together plans for a Dawn Goose Watch so keep an eye on the blog and the Scotland’s National Nature Reserves Facebook page where we’ll post details of the event once it’s finalized.

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Pinkfeet flighting in to Loch Leven

I’ll finish off with a wee compilation of photos from the reserve from the past few days before I head out and find some wildfowl!

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