I’m Jenny, the new Assistant Ranger at Falls of Clyde, and for the next few months I’ll be taking over the reins of the blog from Laura. I’ve come to Falls of Clyde after working as a Species Protection Officer at the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Loch of the Lowes reserve in Perthshire. In this role I monitored Ospreys that breed there each summer, and I’m happy to say that two healthy chicks were raised on the nest this year! Lowes is brimming with all sorts of wildlife and it was a common occurrence for me to see red squirrels, fallow deer and even beavers on the reserve!
Whilst Loch of the Lowes holds a special place in my heart I am excited to begin a new chapter at Falls of Clyde and get to know the flora and fauna of this area in greater detail. My first week on the job happened in almost the blink of an eye and I already feel at home walking around the reserve. One of my initial tasks was to assist our practical volunteer group cutting back overgrown vegetation around the site and this was a great opportunity to meet some local people who are passionate about nature on their doorstep. I also conducted a butterfly survey and patrolled the reserve where I found some wild raspberries, stinkhorn fungus and lots of fresh badger foraging activity.
It’s been great to join the team at Falls of Clyde and I can’t wait to delve deeper into the management of the reserve. I’m sure to spot some interesting plants and wildlife over the next few months and I look forward to keeping you all updated with the goings on at Falls of Clyde.
Jenny Mann, Falls of Clyde Assistant Ranger
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