• 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
  • Were you a 1980's Vane Farm volunteer?

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's writer in residence Anita John is helping to gather stories as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. Anita writes:

     

    Many things have changed at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven since the 1980's - including the name (originally Vane Farm)! But one thing remains constant - the many volunteers who are keen to dedicate their skills and time to the reserve. We've had many folk contributing…

    • 7 Sep 2017
  • Ospreys Return with a Splash!

    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 annual arrival of ospreys has caused a ripple of excitement to stir through RSPB Scotland Loch Leven in recent weeks as these majestic birds of prey make their annual migration south to West Africa from their breeding…

    • 18 Aug 2017
  • My summer at RSPB Loch Leven

    Freya Playford, the 2017 Learning Assistant intern at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven, writes about her experiences on the reserve this summer.

    Hello there! My name is Freya Playford and for the past five months I have been the Learning Assistant Intern at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven as part of my university placement. As my time here sadly comes to a close, I have been asked to share some of my experiences with you lovely people…

    • 14 Aug 2017
  • Endangered beetle found on our reserve!

    Assistant warden, Anna Jemmett, writes about her experience of successfully tracking a rare beetle at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven.


    Thanatophilus dispar is an endangered species of carrion beetle. It is classed as critically endangered in the UK and is globally rare. Loch Leven is one of only two places it has been recorded in Scotland It is a very special little beetle and we are lucky enough to have it on reserve here…

    • 14 Jul 2017
  • Fledgling Swallows, Flying Swifts

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

    The first swallows have fledged at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven and can be seen on the rafters outside the toilets waiting for their parents to arrive with food. It won't be long before they take to the air themselves.

    • 6 Jul 2017
  • Educating Children 1967, Educating Children 2017

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's writer in residence Anita John is helping to gather stories of the reserve in 2017 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. Anita writes:

    Education has always been a crucial part of our work here at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven, ever since the reserve was first created in 1967. This year, since the beginning of April, 1,500 school-children have spent time exploring the reserve, learning…

    • 27 Jun 2017
  • As the breeding seasons come to an end

    Anna Jemmett, Assistant Warden at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven, gives us an update on this year's breeding season and other news from the reserve.

     

    We are approaching the end of the breeding season here at RSPB Loch Leven. Although we don’t have our final numbers yet, at this point it is looking like the waders are doing well. With plenty of lapwings around and broods of oystercatcher, redshank and snipe we are optimistic…

    • 16 Jun 2017
  • Loch Leven celebrates 50 years!

    This year RSPB Scotland Loch Leven is celebrating 50 years of connecting children with nature, volunteering and creating homes for nature. Throughout the year we'll be marking this special anniversary by uncovering stories and memories, working with local groups, creating a limited edition pin badge and hosting a celebration event at the end of October. 

    Education room, early 1970s

    Share your Loch Leven story with…

    • 8 Jun 2017
  • Warblers in the woodlands

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's writer in residence Anita John brings us news from the reserve along with wildlife sightings and upcoming events. Anita is a poet and author who is helping to gather stories of the reserve in 2017 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations.

    Delighted to discover the woodland trail this morning and to view tree pipits for the very first time! The pipits were sighted where the woodland…

    • 5 Jun 2017
  • Lapwings at Loch Leven

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's writer in residence Anita John brings us news from the reserve along with wildlife sightings and upcoming events. Anita is a poet and author who is helping to gather stories of the reserve in 2017 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations.

    Delighted to have my first-ever sighting of a lapwing chick at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven today. So far ten lapwing chicks have been spotted in the…

    • 12 May 2017
  • Kinross pupils take on extraordinary challenge

    Pupils from Kinross High School were at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven yesterday to take part in a very special event. Kirsty Nutt, Regional Communications Manager, explains more.

    As you may have heard already, our Loch Leven nature reserve celebrates its 50th anniversary this October. Unusually the main reason for buying the reserve in 1967 was its potential as a centre for outdoor education – the RSPB’s first – and although…

    • 9 May 2017
  • Swallows come swooping in!

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's writer in residence Anita John brings us news from the reserve along with wildlife sightings and upcoming events. Anita is a poet and author who is helping to gather stories of the reserve in 2017 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. 

    The swallows are definitely back! Returning with the sunshine (after a snowy start to the week!) and small clouds of black flies along the Heritage…

    • 28 Apr 2017
  • What's new at RSPB Loch Leven?

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's writer in residence Anita John brings us news from the reserve along with wildlife sightings and upcoming events. Anita is a poet and author who is helping to gather stories of the reserve in 2017 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. 

    Recent sightings to stir excitement at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven include a female ruff, eleven black-tailed godwits, eight greylag goslings, two great…

    • 14 Apr 2017
  • A little bit of winter and a lot of spring

    My favourite sound of the week has got to be the drumming of the greater spotted woodpecker that has been hammering on a nest box in the wildlife garden almost constantly. A close second has to be be the sound of large numbers of pink-footed geese on the reserve as they stop over on their way back north. Last night we had at least 700 flying in and they are feeding by the Carden hide this morning, the last opportunity…

    • 8 Apr 2017
  • Buzzing in the bee meadow

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's writer in residence Anita John brings us news from the reserve along with wildlife sightings and upcoming events. Anita is a poet and author who is helping to gather stories of the reserve in 2017 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. 

    A spell of glorious blue-day skies has put a spring in everyone's step at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven - including the wildlife!

    A buzzing has…

    • 31 Mar 2017
  • Whaups, Westerlys and Aldi!

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's writer in residence Anita John brings us news from the reserve along with wildlife sightings and upcoming events. Anita is a poet and author who is helping to gather stories of the reserve in 2017 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. 

    The wind and the curlew's whaup, the song of skylarks and the kleep of oystercatchers could all be heard at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven this morning…

    • 17 Mar 2017
  • "The great meeting place and sanctuary"

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's writer in residence Anita John brings us news from the reserve along with wildlife sightings and upcoming events. Anita is a poet and author who is helping to gather stories of the reserve in 2017 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. 

    Today is a beautiful bright blue day at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven. The first hawthorn leaves are open and green leaf buds are clearly visible on many…

    • 3 Mar 2017
  • Fabulous volunteers get muddy and wet!

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's writer in residence Anita John brings us news from the reserve along with wildlife sightings and upcoming events. Anita is a poet and author who is helping to gather stories of the reserve in 2017 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. 

    Thanks to our fabulous volunteers there have been two exciting developments at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven this week. The first is the building and installation…

    • 16 Feb 2017
  • Early Signs of Spring at Loch Leven

    The snowdrops are out, the first leaves have opened and the red squirrels are busy foraging at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven. Today they entertained visitors with their dash and daring, their sudden leaps from one tree to another and their spasmodic movements. Happy enough to scamper two metres in front of me, these resident red squirrels took it in turns to climb to the feeders and pop their heads under the wooden lids…

    • 3 Feb 2017
  • Goldeneyes and Melancholic Cries

    Another bright and beautiful day at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven with much activity on the loch beginning with the 'ung-unk' of pink-footed geese flying low across the water.

    There were flocks of wildfowl enjoying the first warmth of the sun with many species moving around in pairs. I watched a pair of goldeneyes in courtship: the male intermittently stretching his neck and bill towards the sky, the female following…

    • 27 Jan 2017
  • Sightings from Anita, our new writer in residence!

    A beautiful day at Loch Leven! And it's good to be here on my first day as writer in residence for the reserve. The residency is part of a year-long celebration of the 50 years since the RSPB first took the land here into its care. Throughout the year we'll be sharing visitor's memories, stories and photos from 1967 to the present day. So if you have any stories you'd like to share from your visits to Loch Leven please…

    • 20 Jan 2017
  • Snow on snow

    Loch Leven has been transformed into a winter wonderland with snow storms, sunshine and bright nights with venus showing well. We had our January pink-footed goose count this morning, the reserve team along with folk from Scottish Natural Heritage got up at 5.30am to arrive before first light in time to count the geese before they head off on their daily foraging trip. The total count was 1026 which is significantly lower…

    • 13 Jan 2017
  • A very happy new year so far

    A great start to our 50th anniversary year with lots of excitement on the reserve this week. We've had a mix of stunning crisp sunny days and misty mornings which lift in time for the afternoon. We've had flocks of curlew calling over the wetlands settling in the bumblebee meadow and then back to the pools, the biggest group was sixty but they have also been in groups of fifteen or so.

    On the main loch today…

    • 7 Jan 2017