Third flood monitor now up and running

Great news!  The third flood monitor on the Alyth Burn, which we announced in the August issue of the Alyth Voice, has now been installed and connected to the internet.

It’s at Mill of Fyal way up the Bamff Road and will give Alythians earlier warning of possible flood waters coming down the Burn.

ADT has paid for the new monitor and worked with Alyth Community Support Group and the Scottish Flood Forum to decide where best to install it.

The sensor is now working alongside two other monitors, one at Bridge of Tully at the upper end of the Den and the original one at the Packhorse Bridge.  They all measure the height of the water flowing past and send it to a number of displays fitted in properties in the town, giving extra early warning about rising floodwaters.  

Anyone can see the current level of water flowing past the new sensor by going to https://map.rivertrack.org/location/alyth-burn-mill-of-fyal.  The other two sensors are at https://map.rivertrack.org/location/alyth-burn-bridge-of-tully and https://map.rivertrack.org/location/alyth-burn-alyth.

Picture shows Gary Martin of RiverTrack installing the sensor at the Bridge of Tully.  Gary designed the sensor system and set up RiverTrack to work with the SFF.  There are now more than 20 RiverTrack sensors installed on rivers across Scotland and northern England.

Bamff Estate invites local people to big bug hunt

Saturday 22 August 10am – 1pm 

A major project to restore farmland and plantation near Alyth to a natural, uncultivated state is inviting local people to help count insects, spiders and worms on the land.

The Bamff Estate is planning a rewilding project that will transform 166 hectares (410 acres) of farmland and plantations into stunning wildlife habitat. 

Estate owners Paul and Louise Ramsay hope that their “citizens’ science” project will measure the difference rewilding can make to the bugs and worms that are at the heart of the natural ecosystem.

They are inviting anyone interested to gather at Bamff, three miles northwest of Alyth, on Saturday morning, 22 August, to catch, record, count and then release as many bugs and worms as they can find in different areas and habitats of the estate. 

Louise Ramsay said:  “We know we have lots of beautiful butterflies, dragonflies and ladybirds to as well as spiders, beetles, shield bugs and wriggling worms on the estate, but we don’t have enough information on the numbers of species or individuals.  Doing a count like this gives us a baseline from which to measure progress over time.

“People taking part in our Bug and Worm Hunt will be making a really valuable contribution to understanding how a rewilding project like ours can help sustain and nurture Scotland’s natural environment.”

The event organisers say that if the weather is dry they will concentrate on bugs, and if it is raining they will concentrate on worms.

The Hunt will take place completely outdoors so will be easy to socially distance. A local ecologist, Alan Ross, will give training and maps and butterfly nets will be provided. 

For more details and to register for the event, go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/big-bamff-bug-and-worm-hunt-tickets-116090099613

To find out more about the Bamff Rewilding project, go to: https://bamff.land

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