Tag Archives: volunteering

So Long, Loch Leven!

I’ll keep it short and simple – I’m leaving, and today is my last day. It’s all happening sooner than I’d like (isn’t that always the way?) but with contract endings in sight it was time to start thinking about … Continue reading

Posted in National Nature Reserves | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Birds, Bats, Baa’s and Byes

On Monday both NatureScot and RSPB teams dispersed around the loch to carry out our final September WeBS, and boy is it busying up! Our duck numbers are looking solid, with 5000 teal, 2500 wigeon, 2300 tufted duck, 900 mallard, … Continue reading

Posted in National Nature Reserves, naturescot | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

One team went to mow, went to mow a meadow…

As you might have seen from our social media pages, we’ve hit mowing season! We’ve had to be a bit sporadic with it lately, though, because while we can easily cut vegetation during wetter weather, the bailer has a tendancy … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Magical meadows

It’s been an odd-jobs, bits and pieces kind of week here at Loch Leven NNR. Thanks to our volunteers, more balsam has been bashed, the entrance to the trail from Burleigh car park has been given a fresh makeover, and … Continue reading

Posted in National Nature Reserves | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

What’s going on at Burleigh?

If you were walking or cycling along the Burleigh meadow this week, you might have seen our staff and volunteers hard at work, bringing down groups of willow trees and broom scrub in the surrounding area. But hang on, chopping … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

More whoopers, plus some machinery mishaps

Monday saw us return to Mary’s Knowe to finish off the baling that Neil, Simon and I began last Friday. A task that is now complete, but that took a little longer than expected as we may have gotten a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Birdy Surveys and Fun(gi) in the Sun

OK, I am prepared to admit that my declaration that summer was over was perhaps a bit hasty, however that still did not prevent Julie and I getting soaked again (also again after removing our waterproofs) earlier this week. Perhaps … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Emperor moths

George Guthrie is one of our longest serving volunteers. For many years he has enthusiastically been at the forefront of the insect surveying. The winter before last he helped me compile an article on the blog where he reared some … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Bored of writing about snow now

They say snow laying on the ground is simply waiting for the next lot to arrive. There were still pockets of snow at the start of the week on the surrounding hills but sure enough of the year has passed to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Easter already?

How time flies at Loch Leven NNR… Everything looks and sounds like it should be Easter, it even smells like it should be Easter, but it all came about so fast! It doesn’t feel that long ago that I was … Continue reading

Posted in National Nature Reserves | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment