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1. Hogganfield Park LNR (Edit: updated)
Once again, we have had to update the ‘bird list’ for Hogganfield Park LNR as a Red-necked Grebe was spotted by our Group Leader on 30 June 2020. It was still present up to 6 August 2020, at least.
This is the fifth species of grebe to have been seen on the loch following on from Great Crested Grebe and Little Grebe, both of which breed at the loch and Slavonian Grebe and Black-necked Grebe which have been seen on a few occasions.
i) SNH – Plunge In! Year of Coasts and Waters Community Fund
Our bid to the SNH ‘Plunge In! Coasts and Waters Community Fund’ has been successful!
The project – Nature Shelters for Lochside Learning – will upcycle 3 redundant shelters, located around Hogganfield Loch in Glasgow. We shall be working closely with the Seven Lochs Project and other local organisations, schoolchildren and a community artist to produce 3 innovative designs to transform each shelter. The redesigned installations will celebrate the importance of Scotland’s freshwaters and will act as a focal point for outdoor learning, teaching and volunteering and will also be used by visitors from further afield. We shall keep this web site and our Facebook page up-to-date on progress. But in the meantime thanks to our two major funders/partners.
Despite them being run-down, group volunteers have shown at previous events how revamped shelters could be used as a meeting point, or for a coffee after volunteering, and even as a place to get some shelter from the rain!
ii) Glasgow City Council – Wee Green Grants
We have also submitted a grant application to the City Council’s ‘Wee Green Grants’ scheme. This offers small grants to ‘Friends of’ groups towards projects that benefit Glasgow’s biodiversity and green spaces. Hopefully, we shall obtain the funds required to purchase various pieces of equipment that will help us raise awareness of the range and importance of biodiversity in the City.
3. Bird Box Monitoring – Update 2 June 2020
Despite the Covid-19 lockdown, four volunteers (David, Jim, Stuart and Mark) have managed to undertake the monitoring of many of our nest boxes whilst undertaking their daily exercise.
As a result of numerous visits and much patience, David and Jim noted that 19 of our 20 boxes are being/have been used at Dawsholm Park LNR.
Similarly, Jim noted that all 3 of our boxes at Bingham’s Pond SINC were used.
Stuart, after one visit, ascertained that at least 5 of our 10 boxes were occupied at Hogganfield Park LNR. And at the end of May, Mark managed to photograph Great Tits using 2 of our 5 boxes at Cardowan Moss LNR. Sadly, one box had lost its front panel, which we shall replace.
Also, we are aware that the other two boxes may have been used and the young had already left the boxes prior to Mark’s visits. So we shall check these two boxes with our ‘endoscope’ once Government advice, in relation to Covid-19, allows.
Similarly, we shall check our boxes at Bishop Loch LNRs for evidence of breeding by using our ‘endoscope’. We shall also, over the winter, erect the 6 remaining boxes, purchased through our nest box sponsorship scheme, at Dams to Darnley LNR.
All of our other events and projects e.g. litter picking, wildfowl feeding and Bird ID advice, have been put on hold due to the coronavirus lockdown.
4. LNRs & Other Sites
With the ‘lockdown’ we have had time to undertake some more research and have updated our ‘bird lists’ for Hogganfield Park LNR and Dawsholm Park LNR
Who would have thought a few years ago that birds such as Ring-necked Parakeet, Nuthatch and Buzzard would be seen regularly in Glasgow?
We also regularly update and add photos to our pages on LNRs & Other Sites
5. Forthcoming Events
None at present due to the coronavirus pandemic.