Author Archives: SimonR

About SimonR

I am a keen naturalist/wildlife conservationist from North-East Scotland. I work at Loch Leven National Nature Reserve as a Reserve Officer and have a deep interest in conservation and wildlife management in Scotland. Keen Birder, naturalist and practical habitat management enthusiast.

Spring happenings…

The first main news of the week is that the Phoenix hide is now open! It’s absolutely fantastic. We are having an opening ceremony on 6th May, so ill talk a bit more about this and the hide in a … Continue reading

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Our New Brass Rubbing Trail and Spring Wildlife Updates

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 … Continue reading

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Sand Martins, Chiffchaffs and Butterflies

A true spring title for this blog. Spring has been the running theme this week; warmer weather, wildflowers, avian migrants and insects. The week started off with the first Sand Martins of the year. While out doing our last WeBS … Continue reading

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Is it…….Spring?

This week admittedly has felt much more spring like! Okay, yes it is still pretty chilly in the mornings but I can certainly feel a heat in the sun. I haven’t spotted any Butterflies or Bumblebees yet, but I have … Continue reading

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Late Winter or Early Spring?

Recently, things were almost starting to feel a bit ‘spring-like’. Wishful thinking, I know! The herons on castle island were mending and building nests, the skylarks were singing as were the chaffinches and the ducks were all displaying to one … Continue reading

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World Wetlands Day

This week, on Wednesday we celebrated World Wetlands Day. A day dedicated to the promotion, protection and admiration of wetlands. Wetlands are such a remarkable and important habitat – they filter drinking water, alleviate flooding, restore biodiversity, protect against and … Continue reading

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The Golden Ducks

Winter is the best time to see one of my all time favourite birds – the Goldeneye. This duck winters in good numbers at Loch Leven with an average winter seeing around 500-600 birds. We have had nearly 900 birds … Continue reading

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Our Wooly Friends!

Last week saw our sheep depart St Serfs Island after a 3 month holiday with an ‘all you can eat buffet’ of deschampsia grass. A little later than usual, the sheep arrived on the Island in September. They spend a … Continue reading

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Storm Arwen…

Well, the autumn gales have arrived, and my oh my arrive they did! Sources report that nearby Perth airport recorded 101mph! People have been without electricity for a week now – Storm Arwen was a bit of a beast! Here … Continue reading

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The Wild Swans of Loch Leven NNR

Swans are probably the most recognisable and familiar birds to everyone in the UK. Their tolerance to humans means that they can be found on most waterbodies in the UK. Of course, in this instance I am speaking about the … Continue reading

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