Another highlight, and one that was totally unexpected was seeing the common lizards at Kirkconnell Flow.Almost as soon as we walked onto the boardwalk we saw a lizard slip into the bog away from us and quite frankly that was exciting enough in itself as neither of us have ever seen a lizard on more than a couple of occasions and never have we had a good view. However on this occasion we were very lucky, we saw a total of around 30 common lizards, most of whom were happy to pose for us (thanks to Crafty Green Boyfriend for the 2nd of these photos)
Plus there were several dragonflies, of at least two species though only this black darter was happy to be photographed (thanks again to Crafty Green Boyfriend), It was nice to get a chance to use the skills we learned on the recent Dragonfly Identification Course we attended!
Kirkconnell Flow page on the Scotland's National Nature Reserves website "this site represents one of the most threatened habitats in the world." Therefore everything possible should be being done to preserve this site, including removing birch saplings, so that the lizards and dragonflies and other species continue to have a home into the future and so that we can all continue to enjoy the magic of this special place. I've written to Scottish Natural Heritage (who manage the site) about this, I have yet to receive a reply.