Saturday, 6 November 2010
The area pictured above is known as Gruinart Flats, a key part of the RSPB's reserve at Loch Gruinart. These fields are managed heavily all year round, in order to create different habitat for a variety of visiting and resident birds.
The vertical lines you can see on the fields are small drains that carry water off into the larger ditches that run horizontally across the picture, which direct the water into Loch Gruinart itself. The water levels are controlled by a network of pipes and sluices, which at this time of year are set to allow water to run off of the flats as quickly as possible, to provide good grazing for the thousands of geese currently on the reserve. In Spring, the water levels are raised and the flats are flooded, which provides excellent habitat for a variety of waders such as Redshank and Lapwing.