The first thing we noticed was that house martins were nesting in the eaves of the roof of the Bed and Breakfast we were staying in. There were four nests in the building and we enjoyed watching the birds flying back and forth from the nests and round the buildings, hunting for insects in the air.No photos, sorry, the birds were moving too fast and their nests were very well hidden under the ornate eaves of the roofs.
We were also delighted to see a good number of swifts around town, above our B&B, above the bridges over the River Tay and at several points above the town.
Soon after we arrived, we walked along the River Tay and were delighted by the areas of wildflower meadows that we found in the middle of the public grasslands managed by Perth and Kinross council.
song thrushes and willow warblers.
Later in the week we also saw this wildflower meadow in the Millenium Park near Kinnoul Hill. Though we were disappointed that this park seems to have fewer areas for wildflowers than it did a few years ago.
A sign in the Millenium park explains that the council is experimenting with managing some of its public grasslands as wildflower meadows.
We certainly approve of this idea and think it is working well, both in terms of offering space for wildflowers and the insects and birds that need them and also brightening up the public grasslands.
More photos from Perth in the next few days!
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