Sunday, 17 June 2018

Our visitors

Photo 01 - A gleeful Stuart avoids a blank yesterday!
Our visitors!

This week we take a look at the main website which is used primarily as a resource site for those who have not visited the lochs before. Accordingly, the viewing figures are much less than our news page site. The average number of visitors is 436 per month which in itself is a healthy figure remembering that we are a small rural angling club out in the wilds.

The most visited pages are our Pike and Trout pages with the Pike page taking 73% of visitors followed by our Trout pages which take 19% of our visitors. The remaining species pages are Perch 5% and Eels 3%. Now there are no real surprises there Pike have always been the target species on the site and indeed on the loch.

Photo 02 - The most fragrant bloom, the Dog Rose!

Looking at the demographics the majority of visitors come from the Borders, Edinburgh Glasgow region but this time this area has a much smaller slice of the cake at 55%. Next up is the Newcastle area with 19% and then middle England with 18% of our total visitors. The remaining 8%  are overseas with Poland 3% USA 2% Canada 1% and the other 2% being split between five different countries!

Looking at all of our pages again the Pike page is the most popular close;y followed by our club gallery. The least visited pages are our rules and etiquette pages and our additional information pages. Now, this is problematic in that our rules page should be the most frequented as to go and practice your sport you need to know what the rules are to avoid falling foul of them!

Photo 03 - Lots of colour at the hall!

As a resource site, we are very pleased with how the site performs having received accolades from fishing magazines and angling authors alike. Of course, that does not mean that it cannot be improved and hopefully in the autumn we will give it a refresh! The purpose of the site was to make anglers and laymen aware of the lochs existence and the treasures it holds! It has done that admirably, it does exactly what it says on the tin!
Photo 04 - Lots of Ox Daises make things that bit brighter!

A look around!

Now that Mother Nature has opened her treasure chest for 2018 I thought I would take a look around and see what is happening all around us yet often unseen! In the roof of our boathouse, we have a colony of Bats who are occasionally seen in the late afternoon although more commonly in the autumn.  We have at least two species of birds (Blue Tits and Chaffinch) nesting in the roof space! Our head of mice living in and under the boathouse is now fully active, any scrap of food dropped is gone in a short time as they gather food eagerly!

Photo 05 - bent over trees following Thursdays storm

Outside we see that Red Squirrels are now commonly seen often around the boathouse and Grey Squirrels conspicuous by their absence. The boathouse Song Thrush is still dominating the airwaves singing most of the morning away. Blackbirds interject with their fluting melodies. The Cuckoo has now been heard a few times in the vicinity of the boathouse no doubt selecting foster parents for their chicks!
Unusually Foxes have been noted at various places around the loch looking for food. The early morning angler often catches sight of the Roe Deer in the area and above the Osprey glides often surrounded by squabbling Seagulls or nifty swallows. The predator, however, is unflustered by their protestations! On the ground the most beautiful bush, the Dog Rose opens its fragrant blossom attracting the colonies of Bumble Bees.

On the ground, the many wildflowers burst into bloom among them the Welsh Poppy and distinct Ox Daisy imparting bold colour to the landscape. The May bloom which was absolutely vibrant and dense this year is turning now and food for the birds and mice are being produced. Finally, fresh grass shoots appear in the nick of time to avert a crisis in feeding the many Sheep in the area.

In the water, our species of fish are now fully active often delighting patient anglers. The top predators in the loch the Otters continue to levy their tax on the lochs but not to the extent of impairing our fishing. The loch is big enough to support us and the Otter population. There is a wealth of life all around us, take a minute and have a look!

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