The Kingdom of Fife has burst into a flurry of life and blooms.
Spring has made way to Summer and the paths and trails are awash with insects, flowers and fragrance.
For my challenge this week I decided to make the most of the fine weather and explore some of the many nature reserves scattered through the region as well as straying further afield to bag a few munros.
Fife has a surprising number of nature reserves for a region that is often only thought about for it’s magnificent coastline. I opted to walk along and visit one of the them I have often seen from a distance or sped by while in my car.
Cullaloe Nature Reserve
On the Walk Fife website there is a short walking route that takes you along the Cullaloe Hills, a small hill range that offers nice views over the Firth of Forth and the Cullaloe Nature Reserve which sits between the hills and the river.
The reserve can be reached from the hills but care has to be taken when crossing the busy road that runs alongside it.
The reserve is maintained by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and is a former reservoir which supplied water to the nearby town Burntisland but since the late 1980’s is covered in marsh and reed beds in a wonderful little location.
Thriving with life…
The reserve is home to many different types of wildfowl and is particularly known by local bird watchers for it’s wood warblers. When I visited I certainly heard these charming little birds but I unfortunately wasn’t able to see one for myself as they flitted through the reeds. I did, however, see a few water voles enjoying the rich pickings of buds that the warm weather had brought to light.
Cullaloe is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) thanks in part to two rare plants that can be found there – Water Sedge, and Mudwort – which while not being the prettiest of plants do attract a wonderful array of insects including butterflies and moths.
Week 22 lessons
I was surprised by the number of reserves that can be found throughout the Kingdom and how incredibly diverse they are. Fife is really rich in both animal and plant life which is especially apparent in the Summer months and I am going to make an effort to learn more about each as I continue my walking challenge.
I am looking forward to week 23 of my challenge as I will head to the West of Scotland and walk some of the trails around Loch Lomond.
If you have any questions about this challenge or anything Walk Fife related, then please drop me a email at firstname.lastname@example.org or direct message me through my twitter account @SDMakin.
Catch up with you again next week.