I was leading a group round Colinton Dell today, but first I had time to do my weekly patrol of the dells for the Water of Leith Conservation Trust. The autumn colours are at their best now in many places
and the ivy is in flower, waiting for late season hoverflies, but I have to say I've seen very few hoverflies this autumn compared to last year.
I had two wonderful sightings of kingfishers (possibly the same bird in each case) before I met up with the group, but we didn't see one at allduring the walk. We haven't seen a kingfisher at all during this session of walks, while last time I lead these walks there were kingfishers every week!