Apologies for the lack up recent updates. I’ve been a busy boy. I've just moved to start my new job as Seasonal Ranger/Naturalist at St Abb’s Head. Soon after I arrived I was away to the West coast for a couple of days training at Culzean Country Park (well worth a visit).
St Abb’s Head NNR is a stunning patchwork of habitats including; 90m high cliffs, a sheltered freshwater loch (complete with small reedbed), acres of gorse and scrub, small wooded areas (not all native), short grazed rough grasslands, farmland and rocky outcrops. As such the area is home to a huge range of species. The site is also a perfect stop off point for migrants moving up or down the East coast.
This week I have mostly been busy with the general introductory things associated with starting here. A large part of my job is based around monitoring the reserves wildlife, particularly the birds and butterflies. Perhaps it should be ‘birds, butterflies and a brew’.
Since moving here last Thu the weather has taken a distinct turn back towards winter. Earlier this week we had strong north easterly winds bringing big seas, sleet, rain and snow. Thankfully the weather has now calmed and fingers crossed for a return to spring.
|Calm after the storm. Petticowick|
Spring is well and truly in action here. Shags are already on eggs, Kittiwakes are busy nest building, the Mute Swans have built an impressive nest and at least 2 Coots have nests… The season is off to an early start.
Migrant wise, It’s generally been fairly quiet so far, the stars being 2 Snow Buntings up by the lighthouse on Tue, a few Redwings moving though and a Water Rail at the Mire Loch.
|Sun, Sea and... Spring|
Hopefully I’ll have the moth trap up and running soon to see what’s about (check back here to see what turns up).