Red Squirrel (Loch of the Lowes 2013)


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‘Lady’ Lays First Egg of Season

‘Lady’ the Loch Of The Lowes Osprey thought to be the UK’s oldest breeding female has laid her first egg of the season.

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All About Beavers

With the great news that a beaver has taken up residence in the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Loch of the Lowes reserve, I thought I would post some information on these amazing creatures.

Beaver Bjornar canal building

Beaver facts

Did you know that beavers are Europe’s largest native rodent; that they can remain under water for up to 15 minutes at a time and are highly skilled water engineers?

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Perthshire Loch Welcomes First Beaver In 200 Years

A Perthshire loch has become home to a beaver for the first time in about 200 years.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) has been monitoring the animal at the Loch of the Lowes since it was first spotted in August.

It’s thought the beaver may be related to one of many beavers in the River Tay catchment that have escaped or were illegally released from captivity.

The animals became extinct in the UK towards the end of the 18th century.

The Trust, with the Tayside Beaver Study Group, has been observing the beaver at the loch since it first appeared during the summer.

Beavers were hunted to extinction in the 1700s. The current wild beaver populations in Scotland either belong to the Government licensed Scottish Beaver Trial in Knapdale in Argyll, or are the descendants of escapees from private collections in Angus and Perthshire over the past decade.

Repopulation plans

SWT said it was pleased to be a part of the Tayside Beaver Study Group and that they were keen to be involved in the monitoring of the existing populations of beavers in Tayside.

It added that it was supportive of plans to see the aquatic mammals returned to the countryside.

SWT’s Chief Executive Simon Milne said:

“The Scottish Wildlife Trust wishes to see the return of beavers to Scotland; it is a missing part of our ecosystem.

“However, we believe that any proposal for a reintroduction should be assessed following the best scientific information, consultations with stakeholders, and the merits of each individual case.

“Reintroductions should follow International Union for Conservation of Nature Guidelines and procedures and we remain opposed to the unlicensed release of animals into the Scottish countryside.”

Reported by the BBC http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-20044950

Wildflowers The Winners In Wet Weather

The recent poor weather is having an effect on Scotlands wildlife, but the news isnt all bad.

While the weather could have been harmful to ground nesting birds, some plant life is positively thriving. The BBC recently visited our Jupiter Urban Wildlife Garden to see for themselves.

Click here to see the impact of the weather on wildlife at Jupiter.

Simon Milne, Chief Executive of the Scottish Wildlife Trust said:

In areas where theres been heavy amounts of rainfall, it interferes with butterflies life cycle, meaning their lifespan is reduced and that causes problems with population numbers. Ground-nesting birds can be vulnerable to wet weather, with nests being flooded and chicks dying from the cold. Species such as grouse are particularly at risk.

The effects could be short lived as wildlife is only really affected with prolonged bad weather. Scotlands wildlife populations could recover if next spring is warmer and drier than this year.

Simon Milne said:

Wildlife can be fairly resilient to wet and cold, as long as its not a constant pattern. We can get away with it for one year and populations can recover. However, if we have a second or third year of this sort of weather, it can have a huge impact.

Missing Perthshire Osprey Confirmed Alive By Satellite

Concerns for the safety of a missing osprey chick have been eased after a satellite tracked his tag.

Osprey Nest at
Loch of the Lowe

Blue 44 was born to 27-year-old Lady eight weeks ago at the Loch of the Lowes reserve in Perthshire.
On Monday he took his first flight but despite searches by volunteers hasn’t been seen since.
However, staff at the Scottish Wildlife Trust said data from the bird’s tag had shown recent activity, suggesting the young bird is alive and well.
The trust said it was unusual for an osprey chick to fledge and not return to the nest within 24 hours, but not unheard of.
On some occasions the young birds are daunted by their first flight and reluctant to try again.
Staff suspect this is what happened to Blue 44.
They said they were optimistic following the new satellite information which showed the bird was moving and that the altitude meter indicated he was keeping to the tree tops.
The trust said they were now scaling back the searches in order to reduce the disruption to the area and hoped that would encourage Blue 44 to return to the nest.

FWN WELCOMES NEW REPORTER

FWN would like to extend a warm welcome to our latest reporter, Brember Turner.

Brember is our specialist Reporter here and is an amazing macro photographer, here he is with Colin on a ‘Macro Safari’ along the banks of the River Forth.

We look forward to reading Brember’s stories in the near future.

David Marshall Lodge – Aberfoyle

David Marshall Lodge Visitor CentreDavid Marshall Lodge offers ranger led events, which occur throughout the year. These include guided walks and talks and seasonal activities for families and visitors. Waymarked paths start from the visitor centre and range from a gentle half-mile wander to a 4-mile trek. The Lodge links to the National Cycle Network route 7 and there is a popular outdoor children?s play area. The wildlife viewing room offers the opportunity to see Ospreys setting up their nest and rearing their young. There is information, exhibits and an expert on hand to answer questions.

Live footage of woodland birds feeding is also available.

The new Red Squirrel hide offers an exciting chance to view these rare creatures in their natural habitat.

FWN Visits The LOCH OF THE LOWES (Wildlife Reserve)

As mentioned in a previous post (Here) , FWN took a trip up to a majestic Wildlife Reserve on the banks of Loch of Lowes near Dunkeld. We were in our element as there was plenty of Wildlife to see .

Loch of the Lowes

A large freshwater loch with a diverse aquatic flora, fringed by areas of fen, reedbeds and semi-natural woodland.

View from the hide, looking towards the Osprey nest across the LOCH OF THE LOWES.

The centre is run by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and what a fantastic job they do, from warm,friendly staff who are most knowledgeable on all things wild, to the clean and vibrant wildlife centre which is right next to the various hides on the waters edge. You can observe the Osprey nest on the other side of the bank, while inside the top hide, is a live video-stream of a close-up of the nest.

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The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a registered charity dedicated to conserving the wildlife and natural environment of Scotland. It has more than 120 reserves throughout Scotland with visitor centres at Loch of the Lowes (Perth and Kinross), Montrose Basin (Angus) and the Falls of Clyde (South Lanarkshire).

As well as providing homes for wildlife these sites are valuable places for people to interact with and enjoy wildlife. The Scottish Wildlife Trust is part of a trial reintroduction of the beaver to Scotland, begun in 2009. The Trial will run until 2014. The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s other major project is to protect the red squirrel in Scotland.

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OSPREY’S ON LOCH OF THE LOWES

Osprey Nest on the far side banking on the Loch of the Lowes.

The chick continues to develop well and is getting so big it hardly fits under his mother- though the female will continue to use her body to shield it from the weather until it is fully feathered and more waterproof. You can check out the live video stream on the link below.

Loch Of The Lowes Webcam

‘Oldest breeding osprey’ Lady hatches 62nd egg at Loch of the Lowes

An osprey which is thought to be the UK’s oldest breeding female has hatched an egg at the LochoftheLowes wildlifereserve in Dunkeld.

The osprey ,known as Lady – hatched her 62nd egg on Mondaynight.

Lady has returned to the Dunkeld reserve for 22 consecutive years

Almost 20,000 people were watching developments via webcam.

Lady has returned to the Loch of the Lowes reserve for 22 consecutive years, producing 48 chicks that have fledged.

She has laid three eggs this year.

The new chick is the first at the reserve since 2010. Lady’s eggs failed to hatch last year, despite being proved to be fertile.

Emma Rawling, a ranger for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, said:

“To successfully fledge this number of eggs is a quite unbelievable achievement.

“We expect her to reach the milestone of 50 later in the week.

“We’ve had interest from all over the world and people visiting in their droves since the eggs were laid.”

She added that the chicks would be tagged to monitor the exact routes, timings and behaviours of the birds as they migrate.