Discovery Day and Burleigh Botany

This weekend is our 9th annual Discovery Day here at Loch Leven.


Come and discover what makes Loch Leven one of the best wildlife sites in Scotland and Europe on Sunday, 14 June, and enjoy many free, family-friendly activities.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is hosting Discovery Day with help from 17 other organisations, all of which help look after the wildlife and cultural heritage of the loch, as well as people’s access and enjoyment of this fantastic place.


There will be craft activities and challenges for kids and families, and the chance to get up close to underwater beasties, newts and moths and find out more about birds, native squirrels, dragonflies and bats.

Participants can also share their ideas for the next reserve management plan, find out what the community are doing at Portmoak Moss, and learn how important clean water is for wildlife and how non-native species threaten our wildlife.


SNH’s Loch Leven reserve manager, Neil Mitchell, said:

“There’s really something for everyone at Discovery Day, so I hope you’ll come out and join us. There will be bird ringing demonstrations, help with how to work the trail app – or why not have a go at fly casting or willow weave your own dragonfly?”

Discovery Day takes place on Sunday, 14 June from 12-4pm at Kirkgate Park, Kinross.

Most stands and activities are under cover in the main marquee or smaller tents and there is level access over grass close to the footpath. The Green Hotel will be selling food and soft drinks on site.


The same week, another free event, Burleigh Botany, takes place. The botanical walk takes place June 16 from 6pm to 8pm, and booking is required. Take a walk around Burleigh Sands with SNH staff, taking a closer look at the variety of plants in the summer months. Call 01577 86 44 39 to book, and meet at Burleigh Sands car park.

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