Today had to return some bat detectors to our friends at Threave after our Wood of Cree Bat Walk which went very well actually saw my first Daubenton catch some insect of the surface of the water. Anyway as I pulled up I noted the hirundines massing, they were mainly Sand Martins with a few swallows. A spectacle at any time but against a rare almost blue sky it struck me how much like a piece of sheet music they looked and wondered if they could be turned into crotchets and quavers and notes and make a ballad or song of the terrible summer we have had in D&G.
If you see a picture of autumn please do post it.
On the 28th August we have a joint event with Council Ranger Elizabeth Tindall a 'Mud walk' out on the estuary. Elizabeth has you might expect is very knowledgeable about the mud's of the LNR and has lots of interesting facts and information about the wildlife that inhabit this seemingly desolate part of the bay. Wellies are needed and over trousers if you have them.
And on the 30th August we have a bat walk and moths at the Wood of Cree 8 till 10 Come along for an evening walk and go batty for a couple of hours. Learn all about our night time flying mammals in Scotlands most southerly Ancient Oak Woodland. (Please bring a bat box if you have one. Meet at Woodland Trails Carpark)
Both events need booking ring 01988 402130 for booking and further information
Been out cutting the rush in field 2 today it is a slow job doing a double pass but once done it is looking well for the next three weeks till the rush grows again. we till treat the regrowth in october if the weather allows reduce the rush.
a lot of meadow pipits feeding on the fly attracted by the cattle that are aftermath grazing. Two buzzards following today they have not learnt that I am not cutting so low as the silage cutters so no carrion but did spy one with a frog or toad today.
Not a vast number of birds but a few of note 2 blacktailed godwits a ruff and half a dozen ring plovers on the first salt marsh scrap as you go north well after high tide.