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The battle of two seasons

As evidenced by the last Loch Leven blog I wrote here, I love everything the summer season brings. However, as it’s now August there’s already some mention of the A word around the office… And whilst I’m not ready to … Continue reading

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Events and Invertebrates

There’s lots been going on this week on the NNR. The Purple Hairstreak walk was a great success. Even though it was a little windy the group saw nearly 30 butterflies flying up in the canopy. Julies picture which is … Continue reading

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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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Duck Broods

During the summer months, we have a regular survey of ducklings on the loch. This is known as a ‘brood count’. Every week to two weeks, we are out on the loch at dawn in the electric boat and we … 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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Lesser-butterfly Orchids, Swifts and Ospreys

This week we were out on Carsehall Bog completing our annual Lesser-butterfly Orchid (Platanthera bifolia) counts. Lesser-butterfly orchids are fantastic little plants, although not so little as they can grow to 30cm! Lesser-butterfly orchids are white/yellow in colour and are … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Celebrate Summer

This Tuesday marked the longest day and the official first day of summer! We are starting to see lots of nice changes on the reserve as we get into the season, so here are my top 5 things that make … Continue reading

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Duck Nest Survey Week!

This week we have been out conducting our annual Duck Nest Surveys on St Serfs Island. Loch Leven NNR has one of the most important duck colonies in Europe! We have a large breeding assemblage of ducks, and the data … 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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The Phoenix Hide!

14 months since the burning down of the Mill Hide. The Phoenix Hide has now been opened! We had our opening ceremony last week where we were joined by donators, locals, Kinross 1st beavers and NatureScot Chair, Mike Cantlay. We … Continue reading

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