Scotland (NS 437414)
This site is currently in a state of flux following the purchase, drainage and full-on destruction of the land. In 2003 the basin was completely
drained but began to refill naturally in Spring 2004 when Little Grebe and a few other waterbirds were temporarily drawn back to breed.
Further drainage effort has removed most of the water now. The
current situation offers a much reduced scope for wildfowl. Some remnant pools
offer Jack Snipe and Teal at best, though raptors and passerines
remain. If you have a local patch, perhaps ignored for conservation status or protection, it
is probably best not to get too
attached to it - how long will it last? Read my article to find out about the good old days.
small reservoir is situated at 100 metres asl on the north side of Kilmarnock,
20 miles south of Glasgow. An unclassified road passing the eastern
corner (where there is a small car park and lay-by) can be
accessed from the B751 between the villages of Fenwick and Kilmaurs
or the B7038 which runs from the Meiklewood Interchange on the A77
to Kilmarnock town centre.
Open water (both deep and shallow), juncus rush and sedge marsh, willow carr,
thistle-beds, rough grassland, encompassed by pastoral farmland
and rough grazing. Occasional exposed mud.
TIMING & POINTS OF INTEREST
In the past, this location has paid off with repeated attention rather
than occasional visits. Calling in at dawn and dusk between August
and November will offer the best of the annual interest.
Spring: Oystercatcher and Curlew passage, hirundine passage, White Wagtail, Wheatear, Whinchat.
Breeding: 46 species have been recorded breeding in the immediate area including Little Grebe, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Buzzard, Kestrel,
Partridge, Common Sandpiper, Snipe, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Reed Bunting and
Summer: Breeding birds, large feeding Swift flocks.
Autumn: Goose passage (Sep-Oct), Wader passage (Jul-Sep), scarce duck, moult flock of Tufted Duck, gull flocks, thrush passage, Wheatear,
Winter: Whooper Swan (occasional roost), Goosander roost, Goldeneye, Pochard, chance of rarer duck and Hen Harrier or Merlin, Jack Snipe,
Barn Owl, Raven.
Rarities and unusual records: Slavonian Grebe, Ferruginous Duck, Long-tailed Duck, Smew, Temminck's Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Turnstone,
Knot, Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull, Black Tern, Little Tern, Hoopoe, Dipper, Rock Pipit, and
Owl nearby at Meiklewood 2140h.
Owl nearby at Meiklewood 2218h.
Common Snipe (8),
Fieldfare (90+), Redwing (40+), Buzzard,
Sparrowhawk & Kestrel.
Snipe (2), Pink-footed Goose (o/h), Yellowhammer
(10) & Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Snipe (1), Stonechat (3), Barnacle Goose (3) west.
(28) & Buzzard.
Snipe (1), Stonechat (1), Common Snipe (2), Mallard (66), Teal (4), Goldeneye
(9), Meadow Pipit (10), Reed Bunting (3), Buzzard, Kestrel &
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