As part of the regular seasonal programme the water levels across all the ponds in the park’s reservoir system is dropped to allow inspections of their structures, necessary maintenance to be carried out, and to complete essential landscaping to keep the structure in good condition.
The lower levels also allow for the exchange of older water for fresher water from spring rains and winter thaws, which helps to maintain water quality. The exposed expanses of mud, however, can pose a danger to the public.
A spokesperson said: “Throughout the year we monitor and adjust the levels as required on a regular basis and it is normal to do so, it is perhaps only when levels are very high or very low that this becomes more visible to our visitors.
“During this period the lowered water levels reveal mud flats, particularly on the south/island and Denfind ponds. Whilst this is proving popular with some wildlife we would advise any visitors to not approach or walk on it as you will become stuck and marooned. Please keep pets under control as any dogs may become stuck in the mud as well.”
Following the recent storms which caused significant damage across the Monikie, Denfind, Crombie and Forfar Loch sites staff are also working with to develop a plan to remove damaged trees and a plan to encourage native regrowth as applicable.
The spokesperson added: “Unfortunately, the scale of the damage will see this process take time to complete in full, we are still open at our sites, but many areas have fallen trees which can be hazardous.
"We advise visitors to not climb on or through the fallen trees and to be aware many of the trees damaged are hung up or have damaged branches/limbs up in the canopy that may not be obvious.”