One of the birds that was picked up by the trailcams by the Burn as part of the Alyth Burn Catchment project which I worked on last year – the beautiful Dipper. This superb photo was taken by Ron McGill.

They feed on underwater invertebrates such as Freshwater shrimp and Mayfly larvae and are wonderful to watch when swimming underwater and hunting for their prey.  I say ‘A dipper a day keeps the doctor away’ as they always make me so happy when I see them dipping up and down & I hear their lovely burbling song.

May your 2024 be blessed with many Dipper sightings and other wonderful wildlife experiences.

Looking ahead to our tours and conservation work, we have the dates for our pond volunteering days up on the Perthshire Wildlife Facebook page and they are:

16/ 17 Feb – Elm Drive pond, Blairgowrie

22/ 23 Feb – N. Inch pond, Perth

1/ 2 March – Kinclaven Rd pond, Murthly

8/ 9 March – Westpark ponds, Blairgowrie

15/ 16 March – Huntingtower pond, Perth

23 March – SUDS pond, Abernethy

These all start at 10am and finish around 2.30pm and people are welcome to come for the day or just a few hours. We will be doing a variety of jobs including clearing out invasive plants (especially bulrush), making hibernacula and planting pollinator-friendly wildflowers. We will also do some amphibian ID if we come across any lovely little frogs, toads or newts. Please book your place by emailing Daniele on taysidepondsproject@gmail.com so we know how many tools and biscuits to bring, and to get the meeting point and other info. We hope to see you then!