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About iangpark

Seasonal Nature Reserve Officer @ Loch Leven NNR

The Willows of Loch Leven

Willows (Salix spp.) are a wonderful genus. They blur the line between shrub and tree and are understandably overlooked, seemingly becoming more taxonomically complex the more you begin to study them. In Scotland we have approximately 14 native willow species … Continue reading

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Nature in Full Swing

Want to find out more about our reserve, whose involved, what we do and how we do it? Looking for fun nature-based activities for the kids this weekend? Pop along to our ‘Discover Loch Leven Day’ event this Sunday 29th … Continue reading

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Hello again!

After a long five months of intermittent attendance on this wonderful reserve, we are very happy to be back into the swing of things this week as myself and Ian have returned for our second season at Loch Leven! And … Continue reading

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Seasonal’s Retrospection

The advent of Halloween marks the end of the seasonal period at Loch Leven this year, with the nights drawing in and the dreamy thought of a second pair of socks pushing itself to the forefront of our minds the … Continue reading

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Magical May, Mowing, Management and More!

I think this alliteration malarkey will need to take a backseat soon – I am running out of letters! What a change a few days makes though – I am finding myself with an extra layer on outside the office … Continue reading

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Birdy Surveys and Fun(gi) in the Sun

OK, I am prepared to admit that my declaration that summer was over was perhaps a bit hasty, however that still did not prevent Julie and I getting soaked again (also again after removing our waterproofs) earlier this week. Perhaps … Continue reading

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So long summer?

Loch Leven has been no stranger to the remarkably unsettled period of weather Scotland’s experiencing at the moment – we have all been remarking that the Met Office and BBC Weather has been as good as useless! Julie and I … Continue reading

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Bugs, Bracken and Baking Heat

It’s been a busy week at the loch for visitors as well as nature – and we now have an impressive 5+ staff around the reserve on Mondays! Despite the weekend tidy-up continuing well into Tuesday, on Monday I still … Continue reading

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Happy National Meadow’s Day!

The blog this week is written by our seasonal Julie! This Saturday the 3rd July we are holding our annual free meadows day event to celebrate our wonderful meadows on the reserve and across the UK! With everything coming to … Continue reading

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Rarities and Great Brown-Backed Bird Hides

It has been quite a mixed week this time around – it was an unbelievable 22°C on Sunday and the week itself had generally decent, dry weather but with some pretty strong winds whirling about. I’ve certainly been layering up … Continue reading

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