Well we've had great excitement so far this week with floods of almost biblical proportions yesterday!! The combination of a high tide, torrential rain overnight and strong winds meant we had to close the reserve for most of the day yesterday, most of the merse was covered in water, all of the ditches and dykes were almost overflowing and the main drive was impassible in a normal car! However it was business as usual again today with the flood waters soon disappearing. It didn't seem to bother the birds though with barnacle geese swimming about on some of the flood water and 100's of curlew feeding in the fields as you enter the reserve.
Anyone visitng the reserve over the next couple of days may find there is a small amount of disturbance near the Visitor Centre as we have contractors onsite erecting our anti-predator fence around Compartment 17 (the field directly behind the VC). This fence will mean that Compartment 17 will become a safe haven for our breeding waders, particularly lapwing who are presently being predated by our resident badgers who have developed rather a taste for lapwing eggs. By surrounding this area with electric fencing we hope to create a part of the reserve where the wandering badgers will be kept out and the lapwings will be left in peace to lay their eggs and rear their young. This also means that in the future visitors to the reserve might even be able to see the story of the lapwings unfold before them.
In other news we've had some amazing sightings on and around the reserve recently. We haven't had any recorded sightings of the red breasted goose or Tod's canada goose since last Sunday, near the reserve on fields around Southerness. The green-winged teal was last reported from the Bruaich Hide on Monday afternoon and yesterday someone saw 2 scaup and 22 twite whilst walking the Coastal trail.
So it really has been all go!
Great Neil, thank you for the updated information!
todd's canada goose possibly at caerlaverock
red breasted goose located loanningfoot in the fields by the golf course at the south end along with 800 barnacle geese.