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.

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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Migration Magic!

Loch Leven NNR is an extremely dynamic migration station for hundreds and thousands of birds each year. We are famed for our large population of wintering and breeding wildfowl, but we also welcome a whole host of other avian visitors. … Continue reading

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Autumns’ Grasp

It’s been a week of autumnal weather, much to the delight of Ian, Julie and Myself as we undertook our last Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) of October. While battling winds and sideways rain/hail, we managed to get a decent count. … Continue reading

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Think Pink?

We are now into September, and that means one thing….the first arrivals of Pink-footed Geese! I longingly await their ‘wink-wink’ calls and v-shaped skeins filling the skies. They could be arriving here any day now! In 2019 I had my … Continue reading

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A new species at Loch Leven NNR!

There has been some excitement at Loch Leven NNR, a new species has been recorded on the reserve for the first time! Most of the time, species that haven’t been recorded on reserves before, tend to be ones that are … Continue reading

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Balsam and Butterfly Orchids

It’s that time of year again…mid summer means its Himalayan Balsam season. At Loch Leven NNR, we spend quite a bit of time in the summer months pulling, slashing and strimming Himalayan Balsam. There is a reason why we do … Continue reading

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Grasslands and Gulls

The week started off with a little bit of grassland management! The ‘Pollinator Park’ at Kirkgate is now sporting a new pathway through it. This will allow people to walk through the heart of the meadow, enjoying all of the … Continue reading

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Summer, is that you?

It’s great to finally have some warm sunshine! The butterflies, bees, dragonflies have all suddenly appeared again after a months hiatus. The extremely wet May will no doubt have adverse affect on the wildlife around the loch. There have been … Continue reading

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Duck Nest Surveys!

It’s one of my favourite times of year, no not Christmas….duck nesting season! Loch Leven is an extremely important site for nesting ducks and is one of the main reason it is a National Nature Reserve. Scientific surveys on St … Continue reading

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