There was great excitement on Thursday when Ben our Assistant Warden and a team of volunteers were down at the Natterjack pools giving them a bit of a facelift, they spotted 3 Natterjacks newly awakened from their winter slumber! One was still in it's whole, flat out on its back snoozing! Literally a "toad in a hole" as our intern Adam said! It won't be long before we start to hear their distinctive croaking on an evening! We have a special evening event at the end of May, where people will get the rare opportunity to go down to our specially adapted pools to see the Natterjacks and learn about these amazing, rare amphibians.
Don't forget if you want to join us on an evening guided walk we have one every night this coming week - Dusk on the Dunes, we might even hear the the Natterjacks from the dunes! Booking essential. To find out more or to book a space on one of the walks call 01387 780579.
Well signs of Spring continue on the reserve, the first Chiffchaffs were seen on Friday last week and Ben, our Assistant Warden saw a Sand Martin today! We're eagerly awaiting the arrival of more spring migrants including Willow and Sedge Warblers, Swallow, House Martin and Redstart!
There have also been 2 sightings of Red Kite on and near the reserve recently, with one seen over nearby woodland on Saturday being dive-bombed by a couple of crows and then 2 seen on the reserve yesterday! We'll keep our eyes open to see if they look like they are going to settle and nest nearby.
The wildfire that caused so much damage on Criffel is now under control, there has been a lot of activity from helicopters today, presumably dropping water onto the fire! It just goes to show how dangerous these fires can be when they get out of control.
The green winged teal was seen again today on a number of occasions from the Bruaich Hide. Also someone reported seeing a ruff from the hide last night. There has been some lovely bird song today, particularly from the skylark that are singing over the merse and also over the car park.
The red breasted goose is still in the area and we someone saw it today near Southerness.