The calm before the storm

We’re at the time in the year when everything is coming to the end of the breeding season and the majority of the wintering wildfowl are yet to move in from further north.

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Just a few duck and grebe broods about the loch now.

Despite this, it’s never really calm around Loch Leven, there’s always something happening! Some wildfowl are already moving in for the winter, including at least 200 Pintail and as many Tufted Ducks as you could need. This will be the first time I’ve ever been at the reserve during winter so I’m looking forward to seeing these numbers increase!

As well as ducks, keep an eye out for waders guddling about at the muddy edges of the loch and on the islands. If you go to Burleigh Hide you might be lucky enough to see a Greenshank close up, or spot a Ruff out on the island, running amongst the legs of the geese and the cormorants.

If birds aren’t your thing then there’s always something else to see. Some plants are still in flower, with Brooklime and Water-cress in the drainage ditches…

It’s also getting towards fungi season! Keep an eye out on the ground for all the mushrooms that are popping up. We’re holding a fungi foray event on the 25th of September, so whether you’re an accomplished spore seeker, or whether you’ve never taken an interest in toadstools, come along and see what you can find! Meeting at Findatie car park at 2pm, we’ll search until 4pm. Call the office on 01577 864439 for more information and to book on to the event. As per usual, it’s free!

Speaking of events, Therese and I have just finished constructing some of the display for the Dundee Food & Flower Festival. We better start tidying up now, but I’ll share pictures of the display once the event is finished (see here for more details)!

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