• Lots of new life at the reserve this June!

    We are into summer now and the reserve is full of life both new and old after a very successful breeding season. The new scrape is proving itself to be a huge success with a wide variety of bird species. Green sandpiper, redshank, common sandpiper, snipe, dunlin, and whimbrel have all been spotted enjoying the scrape. An oystercatcher was also spotted with its young chick making for a truly glorious sight. The lapwings…

    • 1 Jul 2022
  • Breeding success at RSPB Lochwinnoch

    This week our new scrapes have exceeded our expectations!
    Two of the main objectives for these scrapes to accomplish over time were to provide a location for passage waders to drop in, rest up and refuel on migration and to hopefully create suitable breeding habitat, as well as providing an improved viewing spectacle for our visitors.
    In one 24-hour period this week, we had 10 different species of waders use the…
    • 30 Jun 2022
  • Wellness in Nature Blog for July

    Hi, Carole here with your bi-monthly wellness in nature blog. 

    So summer is well and truly here. The sun is shining most days, and the air is warm. So, it is a wonderful time of the year to be active. Why not visit us at our reserve and have a wee relaxing walk along our woodland trails? You can take part in our “Wellness in Nature Walk". Just pick up a free leaflet at our welcome desk and take 30 minutes out of your day…

    • 21 Jun 2022
  • An influx of wonderful wildlife at the Reserve this April

    We are fully into spring here at the reserve and the change in season is evident with all the new arrivals. Lochwinnoch is full of the sound of birdsong and much of it is coming from the warblers, grasshopper warblers, willow warblers and chiffchaffs can be seen and heard around the reserve. Willow warblers are small birds with grey-green backs, a yellow chest and throat and a stripe above the eye. They are often mistaken…

    • 2 May 2022
  • Spring has arrived and brought plenty of wildlife

    It’s approaching the end of March here at the reserve which means its officially spring and the change in season has brought loads of exciting new visitors to the reserve.  The habitat work on the reserve has led to the development of a new scrape and this has been a huge success in attracting many different species of birds. Lapwing have been spotted enjoying the scrape along with over 30 curlews. Oystercatchers…

    • 29 Mar 2022
  • Its wildlife galore at the reserve!

    It's been a very exciting month for wildlife sightings at the RSPB Lochwinnoch. A couple of woodcock have been spotted a few times flying over the Aird Meadow. These large bulky wading birds have a very long straight tapering beak and are mostly nocturnal spending most of the day hidden under dense vegetation. In the autumn, woodcock will move to the UK from Finland and Russia to spend their winters here. The breeding…

    • 28 Feb 2022
  • A new year at the RSPB Lochwinnoch

    It’s a new year at the RSPB Lochwinnoch reserve and with it there has been plenty of wildlife to see around the reserve. The sighting that has caused the most excitement this month was a white-tailed eagle spotted at the south end of the Barr Loch on the 10th of January. The reason why it is so fantastic to have one of these birds visit the reserve is because they are an international conservation success story. They…

    • 31 Jan 2022
  • A Year of Stunning Wildlife

    That’s another year over and to truly celebrate entering into a new year let's look over some of the highlights at the reserve over 2021. March was a very exciting month for the reserve as not only did we have a whopping count of 80 whooper swans we also had a scaup visit the reserve. These red listed birds are the rarest breeding bird in the UK making it a fantastic sighting for the reserve.

     

    Whooper swans…

    • 5 Jan 2022
  • Christmas joy at the RSPB Lochwinnoch

    December has finally arrived at the RSPB Lochwinnoch which means plenty of Christmas spirit and looking forward to a new year. There has been plenty of wildlife to see around the reserve this month and that has included very exciting visitors to the reserve, a redhead smew and a drake smew. The smew is a small diving bird, the drake is very distinctive with white colouring and a black mask which has led to its nickname…

    • 31 Dec 2021
  • Winter has officially arrived at the RSPB Lochwinnoch

    This month at the RSPB has been an exciting time for sightings as we enter the winter months. One of the more unusual sightings on the reserve this month was an American Wigeon which was seen on the Aird Meadow Loch on the 23rd of November. There has been fewer than 20 records of these birds in Britain as they are scarce visitors. They will usually breed in North America and then spend the wintering months in South America…

    • 28 Nov 2021
  • Celebrate your inner Robin on our adventure trail this Christmas

    Credit Aardman/Netflix

    We’re delighted to be partnering with Netflix and Aardman on  Robin Robin , a half-hour, stop-motion, festive story for the whole family, about a young robin trying to fit in. It’s debuting on Netflix on 24 November – get the date in your diary!

    To celebrate, we’re inviting you to join exclusive Robin Robin-themed adventure trails right here at Lochwinnoch this Christmas season…

    • 11 Nov 2021
  • Autumn at the RSPB

    We are now nearing the end of October here at RSPB Lochwinnoch, which means autumn is finally here. There has been plenty of work being done on the reserve this month, the wellness in nature walk is now up and running. This walk was created by our Visitor Experience Officer, Carole MacFayden, and is designed as a safe green space that will allow you to immerse yourself in nature. If you have been feeling stressed or anxious…

    • 25 Oct 2021
  • RSPB Lochwinnoch - The Accessible Nature Reserve

    Did you know that just 25 minutes from the centre of Glasgow you could be watching hen harrier hunting over reedbeds, great crested grebes drifting over the surface of shallow lochs and nuthatches foraging in broadleaved woodland along with great spotted woodpeckers and treecreepers? Snipe can often be found probing the nutrient rich soil, and lapwing, goldeneye, teal,  and a whole lot more can also be found!

     

    Hen harrier…

    • 18 Oct 2021
  • New Habitat Creation

    If you have visited the reserve recently or are planning to in the coming week, you may notice some heavy machinery out on the reserve and be curious as to what is going on. Fear not, this is all for the good of the wildlife!!
    Much of our work here at Lochwinnoch is carried out to try and provide good habitat for water birds, whilst simultaneously trying to encourage as many different other birds and animals as…
    • 8 Oct 2021
  • Another Jam-packed month at the reserve

    It has been a very exciting and busy month at the RSPB Lochwinnoch reserve. The reserve took part in Renfrewshire's doors open day where access to the reserve was free for all. Visitors were able to come along and learn all about the reserve and exactly why it is so important to support the work that the RSPB does. Visitors were also able to complete lots of fun activities such as making apple and seed bird feeders and…

    • 29 Sep 2021
  • Another exciting month at RSPB Lochwinnoch

    It has been another exciting month here at the RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve. Recent changes in covid restrictions means that the tower has now re-opened as a viewing area to the public. The tower is a great place to get a 3600 view around the reserve with a better chance of spotting birds that may be flying over the reserve. Staff and volunteers have also begun construction on the screen at the fen pool where visitors…

    • 24 Aug 2021
  • Behind the scenes at RSPB Lochwinnoch - an update

    If, like me, coronavirus restrictions have stopped you from visiting RSPB Lochwinnoch over the last year, you may be wondering how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on the reserve and what – if anything – has been happening since your last visit.

    Eagle-eyed readers of the Winter/Spring 2021 RSPB Scotland magazine, will have noticed a mention of a new pool that’s been created alongside the Aird Meadow trail…

    • 23 Jan 2021
  • Flooding on the reserve...and weekly sightings

    Hi everyone! Here's another blog from our volunteer Elke.

    "While restrictions in this second COVID-19 wave are tightened everywhere in the UK, the reserve is a natural sanctuary as always and has been profiting from the recent quiet: several whooper swans arrived at the reserve this week, gracefully gliding over our darkish early November skies.

     

    Whooper swans over Aird Meadow, by Richard Bennett

    The whooper…

    • 6 Nov 2020
  • Autumn at RSPB Lochwinnoch

    It's been a while since our last update, so our volunteer Elke has kindly put together this sightings update for us.

    "We’re nearing the end of the month with one last rainy and quite windy October week. The trails are still open, and plenty of keen visitors have been going on walks despite the colder weather. 

    We’ve had quite a few interesting bird sightings in the past few days, with a visit from a …

    • 30 Oct 2020
  • Habitat management at RSPB Lochwinnoch - Pt. 2

    As outlined in Part 1 of this blog, we’ve been working hard on Aird Meadow to cut back and remove the vegetation. By stripping out the nutrients in this way, we can knock back the dominant species such as grass and produce a habitat in which a greater diversity of plants, including wildflowers can establish themselves. In turn, we’ll attract more insects which will provide a food source for larger animals and support…

    • 19 Jan 2020
  • Volunteering with RSPB Scotland Lochwinnoch – Rachel Reid

    Words by Rachel Reid
    Photos by Robert Conn

    I have been volunteering with the RSPB Scotland Lochwinnoch reserve for almost two years now. I am a master’s student specialising in conservation biology with a specific interest in Scottish wildlife particularly birds and was keen to gain some experience in the field. There began one of the best chapters in my life which I am still enjoying to this very day and hopefully for…

    • 20 Nov 2019
  • Recent sightings – September 2019

    September is a time of change. The leaves start to change colour, the evenings start to darken earlier and before the month is out, there’s a definite nip in the air.

    It’s also a time of change in the world of wildlife, as our summer visitors start their migration to warmer climes and our winter visitors start to arrive. Despite this we still had a few summer stragglers waiting for the right time to make a move…

    • 12 Oct 2019
  • Recent sightings – August 2019

    As we moved into August, the number, variety and frequency of certain birds increased around the reserve.

    We were delighted to see a Mandarin duck on four separate days in the first half of the month, and a peak of 14 great-crested grebe, 20 goldeneye, 20 lapwing, 8 gadwall, and two days in which 200 tufted duck were counted and another day featuring 120!

    Mandarin duck (male)

    Unusually, we had a visit from a common…

    • 12 Oct 2019
  • Recent sightings – second half of July 2019

    The second half of July saw a number of highlights, with high numbers of a variety of wildfowl and waders visiting the reserve. This included 145 tufted duck, 77 mallard, 28 lapwing, 24 Canada geese, 13 great-crested grebe, 7 greylag geese, 3 oystercatchers and 2 little grebe, among goldeneye, water rail, snipe and a common sandpiper.

    There were still a range of summer visitors around the reserve, with grasshopper wa…

    • 12 Oct 2019
  • Habitat management at RSPB Lochwinnoch – Pt. 1

    By Joe Crossland

    You’ll have seen a few changes around the reserve in the last few months, some of the more noticeable additions being our sand martin bank and the floating rafts, which were detailed in an earlier blog. But there are also things happening that you may not have noticed at first glance… 

    Family Volunteers managing the meadow (Joe Crossland)

    Wildflower meadow management

    Wildflowers provide an important source of nectar and pollen for pollinators…

    • 4 Sep 2019