Welcome back to the blog. Sorry for the delay since the last post but I have been up in the Outer Hebrides camping and enjoying the wildlife up there. I can definitely recommend a visit, but make sure your tent is relatively sturdy as the wind rarely stops!
Well its a driech summer here at Loch Leven after a promising start. Our Discovery day has seen better visitor numbers in the past probably due to the bad weather. Those that did brave the weather had a fun time by the looks of it, with plenty of activities happening on the day. These included fly-casting, bird ringing, face painting, willow weaving, story telling were among the events.
Thank you to everyone involved for their hard work on the days leading up to the event and on the day in rather damp conditions!
Our volunteers have been hard at work as usual the last few weeks, but took the time to build a bug ‘hotel’ out of scrap wood lying around.
Bug ‘hotels’ are relatively easy to make and are a good way of recycling old materials. They are a good way of increasing invertebrate biodiversity in your garden and can provide a home for beneficial invertebrates which provide free services such pollination or pest control.
Now that the school holidays have arrived many of you will be thinking of ways to keep your little ones occupied! Well we may have at least part of the answer.
This Friday the 8th of July we have the first of several ‘Really Wild Cycles’ around the heritage trail at Loch Leven. This family event runs from 10am until around 4pm. Along the way we will take plenty of breaks to see the stunning scenery and wildlife around Loch Leven. We will play games along the way and stop for food, so bring a packed lunch and plenty of water. The route is 12.5 miles long so a reasonable level of fitness is required, but the pace will be slow and the gradient is generally quite flat.
The other event we have this coming weekend is on Sunday the 10th of July. It is a bush-craft event with ‘Willow’. Willow has been practicing and teaching bushcraft for many years and is an expert in her field. We are delighted that she can come along to Loch Leven for the day. This event like all other SHN events is totally free! The bushcraft day can be booked for a day or just half a day and will involve crafting with natural materials such as cordage and weaving. We may also get the chance to do some shelter building and even foraging, but a packed lunch is always a good idea…
One of my colleagues at SNH, Craig Nisbet and a regular former contributor to this blog has produced and published a superb little children’s book. This book which is illustrated with fabulous pictures by Amanda Bataller, is called ‘Tufty’. The book tells story of a little tufted duck at Loch Leven and the perils of long distance migration in a way that children will understand. If you are lucky to live at near Loch Leven, you could make a visit to the nature reserve. But wherever you live, some of the idea that come out in Tuftys story are just as relevant to the wildlife in your gardens they are tom the wildlife at Loch Leven.
The book which will soon be delivered to local schools can be downloaded using the link or on http://www.nnr-scotland.org.uk/loch-leven/publications/
For more details on events at Loch Leven or the Tufty book or anything else reserve related please give the Loch Leven office a ring on 01577 864439.