We wave goodbye to Tom Cunningham from Morton Lochs when he retires at the end of June.
Morton Lochs, near Tayport in Fife, is one of our Dragonfly Hotspots and has thousands of visitors every year. It’s a superb place to see ten commoner dragonfly and damselfly species, plus Emperor Dragonflies and Red-veined Darters have been recorded here, which are amongst the most northerly sightings on record. It’s also a fantastic spot to see Red squirrels, Kingfishers and other water birds.
Tom has worked at Morton Lochs, which is part of Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve, for many years and is retiring at the end of June. He has been very supportive of the Dragonfly Hotspot concept and we have jointly run many dragonfly events there over the years – from training courses to recording sessions, to pond management days with volunteers. He always made sure that there were lots of refreshments on practical volunteer days to keep everyone going, with veggie sausage rolls a guaranteed winner!
A dragonfly transect has also been running here for a few years thanks to Tom and the site volunteers.
We wish Tom a very happy retirement and are really pleased to hear that he has signed up as a volunteer so we can continue to work with him and hopefully pay him back for all his help and tasty refreshments! We look forward to seeing you soon Tom, as well as working with Marijke Leith who is the new reserve manager.