Johnstone High Participates in Ecological Surveying
On Monday and Tuesday this week Johnstone High School came to Greenock Cut Visitor Centre to participate in ecological survey work. They got involved in pond dipping, vegetation surveying of moorland and woodland, invertebrate sampling, small mammal survey work and a coastal transect at Lunderston Bay.
Unfortunately on the Monday the heavens opened and we got rather wet in the morning but luckily the sun came out in the afternoon for rock pooling and a coastal transect at Lunderston Bay. We saw a wide variety of coastal species from a dog-fish (found dead on the beach), blenny, starfish, hermit crab, shore crab, mussels, barnacle, limpet and periwinkle.
On the Tuesday we had much better weather and using our small mammal blot trap ( ink pad with paper in a box to see small mammal foot prints) we saw clear field vole foot prints. Johnstone High enjoyed their two days at Greenock Cut and learnt some new biological survey skills.