The Bog Master machine has arrived here at Vane Farm and the difference the work has made, in a week, is unbelievable. The majority of the ponds near the loch shore have been filled in, and work has began on our new ponds (the old flood) and the islands within them. On what is left of the old flood there are a few wigeon and teal, some moorhens, curlew and alot of herons feeding in the muddy water. The black headed gulls have had their fair share of food today , as they follow the busy machinery.
The hill was full of life today with animals every where (typical as I did not have my camera). In Little Vane, ajacent to the woodland trail, a roe deer fawn was feeding on the vegatation. Further up the hill a greater spotted woodpecker was feeding on the tree insects along with small flocks of siskins. If you are going up the hill, watch your feet as there are frogs and toads everywhere!
By next Saturday part of our restoration work will be finished so we should get a real view of what our reserve will look like. Check the blog next week for the latest update on the reserves restoration and the wonderful wildlife we have here!!!
After a holiday to the RSPB's Leighton Moss, I have returned to update you on the wildlife here at Vane Farm! The large scale conservation work is now under way and the change on the reserve, over a short period of time, is really amazing. Though the large machinery is at work there are still some birds feeding on the disturbed soil. Last night a water rail showed near the third hide, though today it was not seen. One of its relatives, the moorhen did appear with three older chicks. An osprey appeared later today and spent a long time sitting on a fence post at the back of the reserve.
On St. Serfs the Ross's goose is still there with the usual flock of barnacle geese. Some young gulls are hanging around though the majority have now left the island.
Check the blog next week or come into the reserve to see conservation on a LARGE scale and plenty of wildlife.
Mike Lane (rspb-images.com)
Despite the continuing development work on the reserve, a flock of 400 curlew (pictured) has arrived on the edge of the drained flood. Today's counts also noted 650 greylag and four pink-footed geese, while a Ross's goose remains. Six hundred teal were counted on the main loch.