Tay Estuary Diary June 2021

June got off to a misty start on day one of the month but it was soon to warm up a bit into a dry duller day.

A pattern that would continue for the first week or so and the river level sat just above summer level. As is the norm at this time of the year most of our time is spent on the routine grass cutting programme with a bit of strimming thrown into the mix. With the warmth and some heavy overnight rain at times during this month the grass was certainly keeping us busy! We are seeing a few more ducklings out on the riverside just now and there are plenty of fledglings about from the various nest-boxes dotted around the place.

There are also a few curlews moving overhead but not hanging about! The swans have left their nest up at the fishery but there are no cygnets to be seen this year, not sure what has happened to them but they have been unsuccessful!

As the calendar moves on the succession of wild flowers and colour lighting up the river banks continues; the wild Orchids were later coming out but have been fantastic at various locations this year

along with the yellow flags and burnet rose to name but a few.

For all of that there is still the task of keeping on top of the giant hogweeds that always appear and need seeing too.

It has been a busy month up at the Activity Centre with plenty of school children in enjoying all the various activities on offer, always good to see the place moving on from lockdown.

As the dry warm spell continued into the end of the month the river was sitting very close to summer level, hopefully the good weather will continue.


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