Osprey spotted over Loch Long

Bowlers at Ardentinny Bowling Club were entertained earlier this week with the sight of a diving Osprey over Loch Long.

Fortunately Cowal visitor Cliff Carson (who was on the look-out for otters in the area) had his camera on hand and captured these excellent images of the osprey swoop. However, the dive was unsuccessful with the bird failing to catch its underwater prey.

If anyone is aware of any otter sightings in the Ardentinny area, please let us know and we will pass it on to Cliff.

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The Osprey dive

 

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Completely submerged

 

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Departs upstream empty-clawed

 

Images courtesy Cliff Carson.

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Warning to dog owners of poisonous plant on Ardentinny beach (updated)

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We’ve received a report of a very poisonous plant which has appeared along the high tide mark on Ardentinny Beach (between Coronation Wood and River Finart estuary). The plant is starting to root in the vegetation. A labrador was reportedly sick from eating the plant last Sunday.

We understand that the plant is poisonous to dogs and humans. It smells and tastes like parsnips. If anyone can identify the plant from the photograph, please let us know.

Please take care when walking your dogs in the beach area.

Update 28 Jan, 23.36: We’ve been informed that the plant is Hemlock Water Dropwort, thought to be the deadliest plant in Britain. A dog in Helensburgh who ate the plant last January died within 20 minutes.

More information:
Poisonous plant warning to dog owners [Scottish Farmer]

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Japanese Knotweed to be nipped in the bud?

knotweedOver the past months there has been much discussion regarding the eradication of Japanese Knotweed in the village. At a cost of £522, Ardentinny Community Council has now financed the training of local resident Geoff Carr to undertake spraying of the public areas in the village.

Spraying equipment will be provided by Blairmore Community Council. Additional equipment still to be purchased includes storage locker, overalls and safety equipment. Prior to spraying, the Community Council will need to liaise with the various local bodies including Scottish Water, SEPA and local householders. Anticipated spraying time would be August.

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Frenzied Flora

Photographed over a period of a week, from initial ground preparation to the final Beechgrove Garden filming, this timelapse sequence documents the creation of the Sensory Garden at Glenfinart Walled Garden, Ardentinny.

Frenzied Flora from ardentinny on Vimeo.

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Road Kill Ardentinny – Is it Necessary?

Pheasant today near Angle Cottage

Sadly, wildlife fatalities around Ardentinny continue. Earlier today a pheasant was mown down near Angle Cottage on the road along the Glen. One has to wonder how these incidents occur.

Pheasants in the area are particularly tame. They can frequently be seen wandering by the side of the road and, at times, on the road. However, are these vehicles travelling so quickly that it is impossible for them to take avoiding action?

It’s the same situation for squirrels and the crows who crack open their mussel shells on the highway. Are vehicles driving too fast on these narrow roads to be able to see these creatures ahead?

Back in 2010 some local residents erected signs near the Swedish Houses to alert drivers of ‘baby” squirrels crossing. The possibility of signage warning of wildlife has also been discussed at Community Council meetings. However, these have yet to materialise.

One does wonder if this latest incident was related to someone relishing pheasant on the menu for their New Year meal, as just 20 minutes after our photograph was taken, the bird had mysteriously disappeared!

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Swan Loch

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