Nature Notes

Warm, cold, wet, dry – weather-wise, the last week has given us everything! Sudden hail storms and heavy downpours seem to come from nowhere. Then the clouds roll dramatically away, tumbling over themselves towards the horizon to leave clear skies, bathing Clydesdale in warm sunshine.

Springwatch – 30th May 2011
BBC’s Springwatch is back on the 30th May and will be featuring The Beaver Trial from Knapdale. This beaver trial is run between partners, of which Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) takes a major role. For ten year SWT lobbied the Scottish executive to secure permission to re-introduce this beautiful mammal to Scotland. Driven to extinction by Man over 400 years ago, the beaver has a right to return to its native land and hopefully viewers will be treated to the latest footage of Scottish Beavers in their wild habitat.

The Honey-Bees are Back
The honeybee observation hive is now back in the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s visitor centre in New Lanark. This is always a very popular exhibit. The colony of around 40,000 bees is very strong after the warm days of spring and is expected to swarm in the coming months. This means that most of the colony will leave the hive with a new Queen and go in search of a new place to live, leaving just a core of bees in situ who will produce a new Queen Bee to carry on the next generation.

Badger Watches
The Falls of Clyde Badger Watches are continuing to enjoy views of active, playful badgers. To ensure the badgers are not too disturbed, numbers are limited for each Watch so please book early if you would like to experience an evening stroll through the ancient woodland with the best opportunities to see badgers, otters, peregrines and beautiful wildflowers.

Blue Tits
If you visit the Peregrine Falcon Hide, make sure you also view one of our smaller birds – the blue tit. There is a very busy little nest box (with a camera inside) situated at the Hide which is home to a pair of blue tits. So far, they have laid over a dozen eggs! This can (usually- technology dependent) be viewed on a screen at the Hide.

For further information on all wildlife issues or to book a Badger Watch please contact Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde, New Lanark, 01555 665262 or email fallsofclyde@swt.org.uk.

Cherry – Visitor Centre Assistant

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Warm, cold, wet, dry – weather-wise, the last week has given us everything! Sudden hail storms and heavy downpours seem to come from nowhere. Then the clouds roll dramatically away, …

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