Muckle Toon Adventure Festival (MTAF)
A huge congratulations to the organisers of he Muckle Toon Adventure Festival for a great event over the 16th - 18th May , to all our wonderful volunteers for your help and a big well done to all those who took part.
The Making the Most of the Moorlands Project was involved in several ways - with a project stand at the base camp with information about the moor and the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project, and children's moorland art activities.
|A male Hen Harrier|
|Zola pointing grouse in the heather|
|A cock Red Grouse|
|young Trout (I think.. I'll admit my fish ID is a little rusty)|
|Cased Caddis fly larvae|
A dawn guided walk on the Sunday was a great success with wonderful views of Whinchat, Wheatear, Curlew, Lapwing, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Hen Harrier, Short Eared Owl to name but a few and the feral goats put in an appearance too!
|The group stopping to admire the goats and a lovely male Whinchat singing away from a tuft of heather|
Red grouse broods have been hatching all over the moor, it has been wonderful watching families of grouse moving through the vegetation.. just the heads of the Cock and Hen visible most of the time keeping watch for predators.. and occasional views of tiny grouse chicks bouncing along. MSc Student Kat Fingland is working at Langholm this season on her study looking at Red Grouse breeding success.
|Red grouse chick|
|Cock (male) Red Grouse with his radio collar|
|Can you spot the grouse nest?|
|Kat Fingland ... good luck with your studies|
Short Eared Owls doing well on the moor this season - some nests are almost ready to fledge, some still on eggs.