There’s been quite a bit of change at Falls of Clyde these past few months. With our long-term Reserves Manager, Steve, and Ranger, Laura, moving on from their posts here, it’s been down to me to keep the reserve ticking over. Thankfully we now have a new Reserves Manager for the South Scotland Region, Sven, who you’ll be sure to hear from soon, and will have a new Ranger to look after Falls of Clyde and its inhabitants beginning shortly.
Change isn’t always a bad thing and it is really exciting to have fresh faces with new ideas joining the team. The knowledge and skills being shared amongst the staff and volunteers ensures that Falls of Clyde and other Scottish Wildlife Trust reserves are in their best condition to protect our wildlife.
But the changes don’t stop there! It’s now time for my seasonal role as the Falls of Clyde Assistant Ranger to come to an end… and I’m not sure I can put into words what an amazing time I’ve had working with The Scottish Wildlife Trust.
I started out at the Loch of the Lowes, working closely with a team of passionate staff and volunteers to protect a Breeding Osprey nest. From Perthshire I then moved here to Falls of Clyde, where I have enjoyed a miraculous Scottish summer with great colleagues and a team of local volunteers that certainly put me through my paces.
My wildlife highlights here include the beautiful species of butterfly that I spotted every week on my surveys; listening to Dippers sing outside the office every morning and evening; and of course my first ever sighting of a wild otter – just outside our window!
Working with The Scottish Wildlife Trust was a childhood dream I never expected would become reality. I’ve loved learning more about our local wildlife and being able to share my knowledge with you through these blogs. Until next time…
Jenny Mann, Falls of Clyde Assistant Ranger
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