• Birds of Wind and Water

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's Writer in Residence Anita John brings us the latest sightings from the reserve and writes: The dance of black and white wings high in the sky before plunging low to the water wetlands can mean only one thing at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven - lapwings! Above the sound of the wind through new leaves, the cry of the many black-headed gulls and the song of the skylark, the haunting pee-wit cry of…

    • 3 Jun 2019
  • Soundscape of Curlew and Wigeon

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's Writer in Residence Anita John brings us the latest sightings from the reserve and writes: The sky is full of the haunting polysyllabic cries of wigeon and curlew today at RSPB Loch Leven. Waders of watercolour landscapes, the curlews fall and rise like smoke over the loch to land on the far bank alongside a coil of whee-euing wigeon.

    It’s good to see flocks of up to 250 curlews or more…

    • 12 Mar 2019
  • Underpass work continues

    All work on the visitor centre side of the road has been finished, and we’ve been busy planting trees and wildflowers into the newly landscaped areas. These will continue to look a little bare until the spring, but as soon as we get some sun, they should spring into life and start to fill out with new greenery.

    Work is continuing on the north side of the tunnel to divert a high pressure water mains pipe. As we’ve…

    • 20 Nov 2018
  • Long-Tailed Tits & Long-Tailed Duck

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's Writer in Residence Anita John brings us the latest sightings from the reserve and writes: November is one of the best times to see the abundance of woodland birds living along the Heritage Trail at Loch Leven, since there are few leaves for them to hide behind! If you're lucky, you may spot the small flocks of long-tailed tits that feed on the willow, birch and hazel. They come in damp…

    • 8 Nov 2018
  • Tree planting begins at the underpass

    Work on the new underpass at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven is now tantalisingly close to being finished! The new steps and the long sloping pathway to reach the underpass from the visitor centre are both complete. Workers have still been on site putting the finishing touches to the landscaping, but we’ve already started sowing wildflower seeds and planting trees in the new areas. 

     

    With the work on the south side finished…

    • 12 Oct 2018
  • Ferruginous Duck Passing Through

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's Writer in Residence Anita John brings us the latest sightings from the reserve and writes: A ripple of excitement ran through RSPB Scotland Loch Leven on my last visit, caused by a very rare sighting of a ferruginous duck at the reserve. The ferruginous duck, sighted among a large flock of common pochard, was clearly distinguished by its white undertail-covert. This undertail-covert is visible…

    • 22 Sep 2018
  • Update on the underpass

    After a few weeks of staring down at a giant, sandy hole, it’s great to see the road back in place in front of the visitor centre at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven. The B9097 has been diverted around the underpass works since early in the project, which was the only way to prevent the road being closed altogether. But with the road back, and the hole finally looking like an underpass, it won’t be long until the traffic restrictions…

    • 12 Sep 2018
  • Ospreys and Hummingbird Hawkmoths!

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's Writer in Residence Anita John brings us the latest sightings from the reserve. She writes, two exciting sightings have been made at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven in recent weeks: the return of the ospreys and the arrival of a hummingbird hawkmoth!

    The latter was sighted on the buddleia outside the RSPB shop and we marvelled as this tiny hummingbird-like moth extended its proboscis to taste…

    • 17 Aug 2018
  • New paths and plans to plant ivy

    We’re very pleased to announce that the fantastic new path through the courtyard at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven is now complete! The path runs from the edge of the car park, past the main entrance to the visitor centre and the toilet block, out to where it will eventually join up with the path that goes through the underpass.

    The old cobbles did look nice, and we’re sad to see some of them go, but they created…

    • 9 Aug 2018
  • Bioblitz, beetles and building work

    Bioblitz, beetles and building work

     

    It’s been a busy couple of weeks at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven. Chris Packham dropped in on July 14 as part of his two week Bioblitz Campaign. It was the first day of his journey visiting 50 sites across the UK highlighting the extent to which our wildlife is under threat.

    Around 150 people joined in with our Bioblitz at Loch Leven, and we found an amazing array of species…

    • 1 Aug 2018
  • Underpass update

    As work on the new accessible underpass at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven picks up pace, here’s an update on what’s been happening.

    Construction work started on our new underpass back in May, and it’s been amazing to watch all the changes taking place each week. The bulk of the work is going on right outside our visitor centre, with a great view down into the site from the café window, so it’s easy to keep track…

    • 23 Jul 2018
  • A Blaze of Butterflies & Birds

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's Writer in Residence Anita John brings us the latest sightings from the reserve and writes: A glorious day of sunshine at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven! The verges are ablaze with flowers, butterflies and bees and there is a heady thrum of insect sound - the idyllic sounds and sights of high summer!  Butterflies abundant among the vibrant splash of grasses and blooms include the common blue, the…

    • 11 Jul 2018
  • Skylarks Singing, Lapwings Dancing

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's Writer in Residence Anita John brings us the latest sightings from the reserve and writes: It is a day full of bird sound at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven - skylarks singing, cuckoos calling, lapwings peewiting and black-headed gulls squawking, the latter from their noisy island nursery where their chicks have hatched and are beginning to venture forward into the world. 

    The chicks can be viewed…

    • 7 Jun 2018
  • It's All About the Eggs!

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's Writer in Residence Anita John brings us the latest sightings from the reserve and writes: The territorial fights and flights are in full swing at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven as the breeding season advances apace.

    Twenty seven lapwing nests have been counted on the reserve so far and the chicks are already out and about in the Bumblebee Meadow. Venture too close and you may be startled by…

    • 15 May 2018
  • Access for All!

    We’re launching a crowdfunding campaign to help everyone access the countryside around Loch Leven! Can you help? http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/loch-leven-underpass/

     

    For those who don’t know, we’re building a new accessible underpass at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven. This has been a dream of so many people for so long, that we can hardly believe it’s actually happening! But the construction workers are now on site,…

    • 3 May 2018
  • Project underpass!

    Regular visitors to RSPB Scotland Loch Leven may have noticed a few changes to the site over the last few weeks, particularly in the area to the east of the visitor centre. We needed to fell a number of trees and bushes, and change the layout of the viewing screen in the picnic area.

    It’s all in preparation for the construction of a new easy-access underpass to help people safely cross the busy B9097. There's an old…

    • 23 Apr 2018
  • First Swallow Signals Spring!

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's Writer in Residence Anita John brings us the latest sightings from the reserve:

    If two swallows make a summer then one swallow must make spring official! And the first swallow was sighted over RSPB Scotland Loch Leven on 12th April which means the reserve will soon be full of their screeching cries and swooping flights once more.

    The lapwings have already started nesting with 12 nests…

    • 16 Apr 2018
  • Curlews & Kestrels at Loch Leven

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's Writer in Residence Anita John brings us the latest sightings from the reserve:

    A blustery day at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven with a cold easterly wind sending many birds to find shelter, with others seeming to enjoy the wild conditions.

    There were curlews aplenty to be found in the Bumblebee Meadow, their presence highlighted by a flock of starlings flying over in tight formation, sparking…

    • 4 Apr 2018
  • Red Squirrels & Spring Snowdrops

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's Writer in Residence Anita John brings us the latest sightings from the reserve:

    A cold and blustery day at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven but signs of spring are beginning to show!

    Firstly, our resident red squirrels are being seen more frequently foraging for food  - their tree climbing agility and nut-finding antics never failing to amuse!

    This year, their antics can be enjoyed as part of…

    • 23 Feb 2018
  • 13,000 Pink-footed Geese in November!

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's Writer in Residence Anita John brings us the latest sightings from the reserve and is helping to gather stories as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. Anita writes:

    The latest count of pink-footed geese to whiffle into Loch Leven in November was 13,151. It was a privilege to see the "pinkies" depart in the early morning and return to the reserve at dusk. 

    "Pinkies" departing…

    • 5 Dec 2017
  • The Sun Shines on RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's 50th!

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's Writer in Residence Anita John brings us the latest sightings from the reserve and is helping to gather stories as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. Anita writes:

    Happy 50th Birthday RSPB Scotland Loch Leven!


    50 Golden Years at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven!

    On 29th October 2017, exactly 50 years to the day since RSPB Scotland Loch Leven was first opened by the 6th Earl Lord Mansfield…

    • 8 Nov 2017
  • The Pinkies Are Back!

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's writer in residence Anita John brings us the latest sightings from the reserve and is helping to gather stories as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. Anita writes:

    The pink-footed geese have swooped in from Iceland and Greenland to return to their winter feeding grounds at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven. Six thousand "pinkies" were sighted on St Serf's Island in early October and large…

    • 19 Oct 2017
  • Heads of Curlews/Deceits of Lapwings

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's writer in residence Anita John brings us the latest sightings from the reserve and is helping to gather stories as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. Anita writes:

    Autumn is in full swing at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven - elderberries and blackberries are heavy on the branches while the rowan berries and wild raspberries have mostly been eaten. Butterflies can still be sighted as can…

    • 14 Oct 2017
  • 50 Years Celebrations at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven!

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's writer in residence Anita John brings us the latest sightings from the reserve and is helping to gather stories as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. Anita writes:

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven was officially opened 50 years ago this month, on 29 October 1967. Here are some highlights from the past 50 years - a taster from our photographic timeline which will be on show at the reserve…

    • 5 Oct 2017
  • From mute swans to marsh harriers!

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's writer in residence Anita John brings us the latest sightings from the reserve and is helping to gather stories as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. Anita writes:

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven is a great place for mute swans and other waterfowl to gather for their annual moult. On my last visit there were 50 or so Mute Swans on the loch, including a dam with her six cygnets. It usually…

    • 13 Sep 2017