Discovery Day takes place this Sunday, 16th June in Kirkgate Park, Kinross, between 12pm and 4pm. There’s all sorts going on, including willow-weaving, kids’ activities, story-telling, catering from the Boathouse Bistro and a large SNH display depicting reserve management tasks at Loch Leven. The event is free, and open to all, so why not pop down to the park on Sunday afternoon to discover what makes Loch Leven tick. Here’s a few things that you might like to see and do on your visit:
1. We’re excited to welcome Jonny ‘Chainsaw’ Stableford to Loch Leven for Discovery Day this year, where he’ll be demonstrating his skills as a chainsaw sculptor. Jonny’s years of tree surgery experience has set him in good stead, and his more recent ventures have seen him displaying and selling his amazing sculptures both privately, and at large shows including Stirling Agricultural Show and Tree Fest in Edinburgh. Visit his link for a look at his incredible collection to date, and look/listen out for hime working away in Kirkgate Park this Sunday.
2. Weave a willow trout with Liz Balfour! Liz is an experienced willow weaver from Edinburgh and has kindly agreed to join us for a day of introductory drop in willow-weaving experience for young and old. Make your own trout, butterfly, dragonfly or flower, and see what can be done with a little time and patience and some flexible willow. We’ll also be running a willow-weaving workshop to make and take away your own willow pea-grower. One for Father’s Day perhaps?!
3. Check out ‘Fife’s Knitted Nature’! SNH staff have gathered keen knitters from across the area to create knitted critters for display at various events, celebrating Fife’s nature in the Year of Natural Scotland. They’ve covered all the bases, from otters and seals, to worm-hunting badgers. They’ve even knitted the grass, the heather and the trees! The quality is phenomenal- look at the crab and starfish for a taste of what to expect.
4. Make your own ‘Big 5’ badge! Or alternatively, choose from one of our ‘wee 5’. Scotland’s ‘Big 5’ were announced earlier this year, and we’re lucky enough to have two of them at Loch Leven- the Red Squirrel and the Otter. Take away your own badge, made and coloured by you. At Loch Leven, we’re equally excited by the little guys that make the reserve a special place too, which is why you will also be able to take away a butterfly, bumblebee or damselfly badge.
5. Talking of little guys, it’ll be well worth a visit to the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology’s display area on sunday, for a closer look at some of the zooplankton that really keeps Loch Leven ticking as a vibrant ecosystem. CEH have been monitoring water quality at Loch Leven since the 1960s, and they’ll tell you themselves that things are looking good at present, with excellent clarity and rich biodiversity combining to make conditions particularly favourable for fish and birds. They’ll have microscopes set up for you to look at wee beasties, including the non-biting midge larvae chironomids, cyclops and water boatmen.