As the title suggests, this week we launched our new ‘Tufty the Tufted Duck’ themed brass rubbing trail. The trail circumnavigates the 13 mile heritage path around the loch and there are 10 brass rubbing posts to find. The posts feature Tufty and friends from the book ‘Tufty the Tufted Duck‘ and there is a leaflet that is available for printing here; https://www.nature.scot/doc/loch-leven-nnr-tufty-tufted-duck-brass-rubbing-trail-leaflet. The leaflet gives you all of the information about the trail and a map where the posts are situated.
All you need is some paper, crayons and hand sanitiser. A great adventure for the kids on an easter weekend! I am sure the adults could be tempted by making sure a coffee and cake stop is in order half way round….
In other important Reserve news, our Phoenix Hide is almost complete! It is looking absolutely fantastic. Keep an eye on our social medias for an official opening date, it’s likely to be the end of April. I am really looking forward to spending time in the hide and taking in its special panoramic views and fantastic wildlife encounters!
Speaking of wildlife, the spring migrant floodgates have truly opened now! In this past week alone, I have had some excellent birding moments…
I also had my first singing Blackcap, which unfortunately I didnt manage to record and a fly-over House Martin. It’s not just about the birds however, a few plants have been appearing on the Reserve.
Lastly, the Bees are out in force! A fantastic early-nectar source is the willow catkins. Next time you are passing any willow trees, especially at Kirkgate and Burleigh. Look up and see how many insects are buzzing around them, its amazing!
Let’s see what next week will bring. I am still to see my first Osprey, hear my first Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler and Whitethroat. It wont be long until the Orange Tip butterflies are on the wing. Its a truly magical time of year!