This time of year is great for taking a stroll around the loch, if you can faze out the mass of singing wrens there are many great birds to listen out for and observe. Willow warblers, blackcap and sedge warblers are always vocal and if you are persistent you can catch glimpses without traveling far from the car park. With a little more effort you can make your way to the Lilly pond (east end if the reserve) where you can hear and see whitethroat, reedbuntings and yellowhammer between the scrub area and the pond. The birds are not the only reason to take a wander away from the hides, the flowers are at their best with red campion, forget-me-not, germander speedwell, birds foot trefoil and the list goes on adding colour through out the reserves pathways (see images). The lilies will soon be flowering and the yellow flag iris is starting to show well. It may also be worth staying a little later to listen out for spotted crake heard by a reliable source.
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