Dawn or Dusk? You decide! Goose walks at Loch Leven this month.

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Dawn Goose Walk – Saturday 18th October, 6.30-8.30am
Meeting at Kirkgate Park (Watchtower)

Pink Sunset – Thursday 23rd October, 4.30-6.30pm
Meeting at Loch Leven’s Larder car park

Please call 01577 864439 to book your place

I’m not the only one to have returned to Loch Leven NNR this month- the real stars of the show are the Pink-footed Geese, and they’ve recently returned from even further north than me, from their breeding grounds in Iceland.  An early season count revealed 8800 individuals roosting at various locations around the loch.

P1030750This year we hope you’ll be able to join reserve staff on one of two walks, to witness either their departure, or their arrival back to the loch. The Dawn Goose Walk takes place on Saturday 18th October from 6.30-8.30am, meeting at the Kirkgate watchtower in Kirkgate Park, Kinross. Pink Sunset is scheduled for Thursday 23rd October from 4.30-6.30pm, meeting at Loch Leven’s Larder car park on the opposite side of the loch. Both events will provide you with an opportunity to walk down to the loch shore with us and witness wildfowl movements at their most spectacular, with additional highlights including the wide variety of migratory ducks also present and large gatherings of both Mute and Whooper Swans.

Whooper Swans may make an appearance

Mute and Whooper Swans may make an appearance

The premier wildlife spectacle that attracted the BBC Autumnwatch team here in 2012 occurs every year, with numbers building throughout October and large flocks establishing daily feeding routines locally. Movements from loch to nearby fields take place each morning, as the geese awake to feed in the surrounding agricultural land. Their evening return to the loch is equally spectacular, with large numbers moving in unison back toward their evening roost sites, giving us two daily opportunities to witness their immense gatherings in flight, and the cacophony of noise they create as they call to their kin.

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Chris Packham and the BBC crew on site in 2012

IMG_9572 resizedEvery year we are reminded how lucky we are to have such a spectacle on our doorstep, and we’re always keen for you to share it with us.

A 'Pink Sunset' on a Pink Sunset walk!

A ‘Pink Sunset’ on a Pink Sunset walk!

Both events are FREE and open to all, but booking is essential as space is limited, so please call the reserve office on 01577 864439 to book your place. Walking boots, waterproofs and any optical equipment you have are recommended.

About Craig.Nisbet

Reserve Officer Loch Leven National Nature Reserve Scottish Natural Heritage
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