Saturday, March 09, 2013
Aldouran Glen–9th March 2013
A cold, wet and windy day, so when there was a small window in the weather, we took the chance and opted for a local walk.
Aldouran Glen, its name means Glen of the Otter, is the only Woodland Trust Walk in our area and although quite small it is a magical place and links to the Aldouran Wetland Garden
There is a thick rope handrail down this steep path…
…it is now covered in lush green moss…
…making it quite a feature!
Plenty of snowdrops
A single Wild Daffodil
Old trees cling to the steep banks of the glen
A Grey Wagtail to brighten up the gloom!
A tree garden growing on a broken branch
Walking through the glen
Bridge over the burn which leads to the Iron Age hill fort of Kemps Grave
Lush new leaves of the Wild Garlic everywhere
We caught a glimpse of 3 Red Squirrels
A Snowdrop carpet
Snowdrops and nestbox, lots of both of these!
We leave the wood to enter the Wetland Garden
Bird & Squirrel hide
Looking towards Leswalt
Squirrel assault course and feeders
We heard frogs croaking and there was plenty of frogspawn, our first sighting this year!
Hide and wetland
Mallard and reeds…
…and another one!
Masses of frogspawn
Rock habitat, a great idea for reptiles and amphibians, also small mammals and invertebrates
There are also two bug hotels
Aldouran Garden board
Heading back through the woodland we saw a Songthrush, difficult to get a decent photo as now raining and pretty gloomy!
Another glimpse of a Grey Wagtail, possibly the same one we saw earlier.
More information about Aldouran Glen can be found on the Woodland Trust website
More information on the Aldouran Wetland Garden can be found at http://www.leswaltwetlandgarden.org.uk/