At the end of July, Birnie and Gaddon Lochs played host to a Bioblitz day all about wildlife and including a series of Ranger-led guided walks.
FCCT volunteer Geordie was on ‘mothing’ duty the night before, and his light traps caught some very exciting specimens. Seventy-five moth species were identified including the poplar hawk moth, elephant hawkmoth and brimstone. Those on our morning pollinator ID walk took great delight in helping with their release back into the trees! Geordie shared some of his fantastic collection of home nurtured caterpillars as part of his display.
The Rangerd had set out some camera traps to see what other nocturnal creatures we could find, a highlight was an otter. We have occasional reports of otters, but they can be difficult to pin down, as they range for many miles as they follow river courses, so tend to turn up infrequently and unexpectedly. Thankfully they seem to like it here!
Throughout the day we had some good sightings, including a common hawker dragonfly and peacock butterflies. Our visitors were able to compare Gadwall and Mallard side-by-side on Gaddon for our bird walk.
Our Senior Ranger Jan also gave people of all ages the opportunity to get creative and sketch some of the wildlife with her Nature Watch and Draw drop-in.
We would like to thank everyone who attended the stalls and the walks, and we hope you all enjoyed it.
FCCT manage 4 Local Nature Reserves, all well worth a visit at anytime of the year to find out more visit the Local Nature Reserve section of our website.