Author Archives: Bethia Pearson

So Long, Loch Leven!

I’ll keep it short and simple – I’m leaving, and today is my last day. It’s all happening sooner than I’d like (isn’t that always the way?) but with contract endings in sight it was time to start thinking about … Continue reading

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What goes up, must come down

Prior to working at Loch Leven NNR I was based across the Stirling NNRs – three different reserves spread across central Scotland. During my first week, we found a balloon. Fast forward to a year later, with the combined effort … Continue reading

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Birds, Bats, Baa’s and Byes

On Monday both NatureScot and RSPB teams dispersed around the loch to carry out our final September WeBS, and boy is it busying up! Our duck numbers are looking solid, with 5000 teal, 2500 wigeon, 2300 tufted duck, 900 mallard, … Continue reading

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Magical, mythical moths

Besides a very unique wee species that I became quite familiar with on Flanders Moss NNR, and the occasional characteristic day-flying species (we get plenty of moths that aren’t nocturnal!), moths weren’t something that was particularly on my radar. But … Continue reading

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One team went to mow, went to mow a meadow…

As you might have seen from our social media pages, we’ve hit mowing season! We’ve had to be a bit sporadic with it lately, though, because while we can easily cut vegetation during wetter weather, the bailer has a tendancy … Continue reading

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Em-poo-wering conversations?

I love summer. I love how the smell of sun cream transports me back to childhood holidays, the smell of a BBQ on an evening so light it lasts well into the early hours, and the smell of wildflowers blooming … Continue reading

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A year in the (plant) life

It’s been a very reflective past couple of weeks for me, as I’ve now been part of the Loch Leven NNR team for a whole year! Time feels very wibbly wobbly (or Jeremy Bearimy, depending on your fandom preference) when … Continue reading

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Magical meadows

It’s been an odd-jobs, bits and pieces kind of week here at Loch Leven NNR. Thanks to our volunteers, more balsam has been bashed, the entrance to the trail from Burleigh car park has been given a fresh makeover, and … Continue reading

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Happy Pride! And thank you to our volunteers

This year, as you may have seen on social media, NatureScot and the NNR’s are celebrating Pride Month. National Nature Reserves, including Loch Leven, are a great way to access nature and the positive impacts of nature connectivity and mental … Continue reading

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INNS (it never never stops) week

Okay so no, INNS doesn’t actually stand for ‘it never never stops’. But for anyone reading this who has dealt with them before, you know exactly where I’m coming from. For those of you who don’t? Prepare to be enlightened… … Continue reading

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