Perth Lade Update

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Photo: Richard Wilkins

Community Greenspace Partnership Officer Kirsty Scott is currently supporting 15 partnership projects throughout the Perth and Kinross area.  One of these projects is the improvement of Perth Lade.  Since starting work on the project in early summer 2017 we have achieved the following:

  • Removed dangerous trees and self-seeders and cut back branches effecting the street lighting,
  • Worked with the City of Perth Early Childhood Centre to design posters for a no littering/dog fouling campaign.  We also carried out planting of a bed at Rae Place, Perth with the pre-school group.
  • Vegetation clearance and litter removal has been carried out in the lade (we are governed by SEPA on the quantity and methods of removal)
  • Where required the fencing along some parts has been replaced and repaired.
  • Planted bulbs with Tulloch Blooming Lade, which will bring year on year colour to the area.
  • Tulloch Blooming lade carry out litter picks in the Tulloch area – they do have a Facebook page where you can view some of their work.
  • We provide groups with litter picks and gardening tools.
  • Working with Community Payback to arrange graffiti removal and the painting of railings.
  • We hosted our ‘Lade Action Day‘ on the 26 October 2017 with Balfour Beatty, PKC Operations Team and community volunteers from Beautiful Perth and other local groups.

Looking to the future we will be hosting our annual ‘Lade Action Day’ on Friday 26 October 2018.  Kirsty will also be working with Tulloch Primary School focusing on the lade improvements/history of the lade.

We are delighted with the work and progress so far and believe that this is the beginning of a great community partnership.

While our Operations team and community volunteers do a great job, they are often faced with reoccurring litter, fly-tipping and vandalism.  While we are committed to working on this with the resources we have available, we are reliant on the support and involvement of those who ‘love the lade’.

for more information, or to get involved. please contact Kirsty Scott or Joanna Dick (Perth Greenspace Ranger) through our contacts page

Wildlife camera trapping

The Greenspace Rangers recently managed to secure some external funding from SITA to observe wildlife movements around roadside gullypots. Carrying out a test run at the Roads & Countryside office in Blairgowrie, a surprising number of animals have been snapped!

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Who can identify the mystery bird?

Competition time!

Our annual Community Greenspace competition is now running once again until 12th July.  The prize will be a guided walk with a Greenspace Ranger for up to 6 people anywhere in the Perth & Kinross area with a picnic lunch and a goodie bag!

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2017194/Community-Greenspace-Survey-March-2015

Good luck!

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Pitlochry Paths Group

On Thursday 14th May Pitlochry Paths Group carried out some work at the Pitlochry Recreation Ground car park, joined by Greenspace Ranger Jeannie Grant. Pitlochry Rec is a fantastic park with a play area, football pitches, skatepark, terraces and a pavillion, but unfortunately the car park was getting a bit overgrown.

It was important that gloves were worn during this task as many of the bushes had sharp thorns, making it quite difficult to deal with. Although the bushes were being cut back to only 1 foot from the road edge, it was amazing how much plant material was eventually removed. The cuttings were placed into a couple of piles to be collected by the council afterwards, and the dust and debris was swept up too. There was quite a significant difference made over the morning – allowing everyone to leave quite satisfied with their work.

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Pitlochry Paths Group are a relatively new group, formed in 2014 and would welcome new members. Their goals are to improve and maintain the variety of path networks in and around Pitlochry. The group meet every other Thursday; for information on how to join please email Councillor Kate Howie at: khowie@pkc.gov.uk

Salmon in the Classroom

Throughout the month of March, children from several schools across Perth & Kinross were given the responsibility of looking after salmon eggs in their classroom. During this period the eggs would hatch into ‘alevins’ – a stage in their life-cycle where they survive entirely off a yolk sac until they are ready to catch their own food. The eggs were very successful this year, with over 95% of the eggs surviving!

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Once the alevins were ready, they were brought to Annaty Burn at Quarrymill to be released. Here they will spend their next two years living mainly off small invertebrates, and avoiding the numerous predators including other fish, otters, heron and kingfisher. Before the salmon could be released, the children were also shown how to do several tests in the river – looking at the clarity, speed and pH of the water. It is important to know that the river isn’t too polluted, otherwise the fish would have little chance to survive. The children released the fish into the burn, watching as they quickly hid under rocks and stones.

In April the children were able to visit the hatchery, where their eggs originated from. Here they were able to see more stages of the salmon life-cycle from the initial eggs to adults. In the hatchery all of the half-million eggs are counted by hand, raised until they are ready to be put in the river, and given the best survival chances possible. The children learned about how fishermen have to be quite clever to catch their salmon, and how they worked to prevent illegal poaching – they especially enjoyed dressing up in the camouflage clothing!

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In June the health of the salmon released into Annaty Burn will be checked by the schools when they go electrofishing. Not as dramatic as it sounds, the fish are stunned using a small electric current and netted. This allows us to see the how well the fish are doing, and see the great difference in size from when they were initially released. The fish are then returned to the water quickly and unharmed.

Have you seen any salmon where you live, or have you ever had any experience fishing?
Let us know in the comments or on our share page.

It’s starting to seem a lot like summer!

As the days are heating up, insects and birds are starting to return after hiding or migrating for winter.

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This Peacock Butterfly was seen at the well at Scotlandwell in Kinross-shire. Have you seen any where you live? What else have you seen? Let us know in the comments or the share page!

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Some colour appearing at the well!

Welcome!

Welcome to the Perth & Kinross Conservation Volunteers blog!

This isn’t just a place for us to share our stories and events with you, but somewhere for you to tell us all about your countryside or volunteering experiences. The blog is run mainly by the Community Greenspace Ranger Service, who organise and run numerous volunteer events across Perth and Kinross throughout the year as well as looking after the Coutryside Sites, such as Kinnoull Hill and the Knock of Crieff.

You can join in too!

If you have an interest in wildlife, the outdoors or you local community why not join in and volunteer with us? Find out more here

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