Finally! After a busy few weeks I’m finally getting the chance to introduce myself and let you know what I’ve been up to. I’m Sam and I am the new Assistant Ranger Intern here at Falls of Clyde. You may recognise me from previous productions such as the Peregrine Watch, where alongside Cat I was a Peregrine Ranger.
Since starting at the beginning of July we have hit the ground running with a whole load of maintenance tasks including replacing the railings at the Corra Linn steps and strimming the paths across the site. I’ve been spending a bit of time out and about with Andy getting to know the reserve a bit better, especially on the Corehouse side where I hadn’t spent much time before. It really is a beautiful place!
I’ve also been lucky enough to get my Brushcutter licence as a result of the generosity of the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Thank you guys! I am going to be adding to this with some training in chainsaw use and herbicide work in the coming weeks with the Clyde Community Initiative, who you should definitely look up if you haven’t heard of them before. More information about them can be found here www.cciweb.org.uk
We are also looking in to Fixed Point Photography across the reserve, using historical records and potentially some new spots to start looking at the ways the reserve has changed and will change over the years. With some exciting conservation projects in the pipeline for the reserve this should be very exciting.
Well that’s about it from me for now, time to go dry off a little bit after a soggy but very enjoyable Butterfly Net Workshop this afternoon.
Speak very soon.
Sam Langford – Assistant Ranger Intern