Happy New Year to one and all, and welcome to 2014! I hope you all had a very enjoyable festive season, as we did here. It was great to have family here over Christmas, and my sister very kindly donated a cracking shot of the loch from Burleigh Sands, demonstrating that it wasn’t all wind and rain over the holidays! Any shots that you capture that you think may be of use or interest to us on this blog, please let me know, or email me a condensed image directly (Craig.Nisbet@snh.gov.uk).
The Winter Bird Walk was a tremendous success, with 24 people turning up on a chilly day being treated to splendid views of the White-tailed Eagle on St Serf’s Island, nearly a dozen Grey Herons along the River Leven, a Dipper taking occasional plunges for food, and a fleeting glimpse of the blue flash of a Kingfisher as it darted past the group. Many thanks to all that came along and made it such an enjoyable morning.
Our next event is just around the corner, with our Walk for Wetlands celebrating World Wetlands Day on Saturday 2nd February. The day marks the 43rd anniversary of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, held in Ramsar, Iran in 1971. Each of the signatory countries committed to designating wetland habitats within their borders, and of the signatory countries the UK has the most Ramsar sites (169), of which Loch Leven is one of the most prominent.
The guided walk will take place from 10am – 1pm, meeting at Loch Leven’s Larder car park. Places are limited, so for your chance to come along and learn more about what makes Loch Leven a wetland of international importance, then please call 01577 864439 to book your place.