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  • Blog Post: Sightings & Big Garden Birdwatch. Are you ready?

    The crack of ice. Paws and wet fur. In the chill of winter an otter is treading on ice. The water at Grisedale has been frozen for several days now. Otters have been very regular here. Even sleeping for the best part of an hour on an island in front of the hide one morning. The soft contact call of a...
  • Blog Post: Super starlings build at Leighton Moss

    IMPORTANT NOTICE : Please be aware that since the flooding earlier this week that many of the paths at Leighton Moss are currently under some water. The hides are accessible with wellies - there's still plenty to see and wading through the water can be great fun! The winter scenery at Leighton...
  • Blog Post: Campfield Marsh Discovery Day - Sunday, 26th November 2017.

  • Blog Post: Many hands...

    On a recent sunny Saturday, a keen group of volunteers from Aberdeen University Conservation Society dragged themselves out of bed to spend the day helping out as a volunteer work party at RSPB Loch of Strathbeg. Some of our band of merry volunteers (Photo: Sarah Bedford) Many of them made the...
  • Blog Post: The Sun Shines on RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's 50th!

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's Writer in Residence Anita John brings us the latest sightings from the reserve and is helping to gather stories as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. Anita writes: Happy 50th Birthday RSPB Scotland Loch Leven! 50 Golden Years at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven! ...
  • Blog Post: Keeping our beach beautiful

    The northern tip of the Loch of Strathbeg reserve is one of its least-visited corners – yet in the few months I have been here, it’s quickly grown to be one of my favourites. From the village of St Combs, five miles of sand beach and towering dunes sweep south past the estuary to the lighthouse...
  • Blog Post: Bearded tits on show and other recent sightings

    Red deer. Copyright Mike Malpass It seems that autumn is well and truly upon on us and the wildlife here on the reserve is gearing up for the seasonal changes. Red deer stags have been strutting their stuff as the annual rut gets underway and visitors to Grisedale Hide have been getting great views...
  • Blog Post: The Essence of Place: An outdoor audiovisual installation

    Our Loch Lomond reserve is an amazing place for wildlife and a great place to visit to feel inspired by the natural world. Since the beginning of the year Susannah Ramsay has been an artist in residence at the reserve. Find out why she was drawn to Loch Lomond and the work that has come from her time...
  • Blog Post: Kingfishers and Bearded Tits

    September continues to be a good month to see our resident Kingfishers. They have been regularly visiting their perches and two were seen flying across the lake this morning. They are so close that we can take photos using the 360 degree screen in the Discovery Centre. Teal, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebes...
  • Blog Post: 50 Years Celebrations at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven!

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's writer in residence Anita John brings us the latest sightings from the reserve and is helping to gather stories as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. Anita writes: RSPB Scotland Loch Leven was officially opened 50 years ago this month, on 29 October 1967. Here...
  • Blog Post: Discovery Day Sept 2017 - 10am - 3pm

    We are nearly there.... tomorrow is our Fowlmere Discovery Day! Pop along anytime between 10am and 3pm to join in. We have the bird ringing team demonstrating the importance of bird ringing and showing the birds they ring, lots of activities for the young ones, moths, small mammals, owl pellet dissection...
  • Blog Post: This weeks wildlife highlights: Purple heron and otters.....

    The purple heron, while increasingly mobile and frustratingly elusive at times is still here, delighting and frustrating visitors in equal measure as it has done all week. Grisedale is still the place to be, where it regularly hunts around the edges of the pool to the left of the hide, although it has...
  • Blog Post: 2017 Discovery Day event

    The Fowlmere Discovery Day event will be held on Sunday 17 September. This year the bird ringing group will be coming to do a ringing session for the first time, and other activities include small mammal trapping, bird ringing, badge making and children’s hands- on activities, owl pellet dissection...
  • Blog Post: Ospreys Return with a Splash!

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's Writer in Residence Anita John brings us the latest sightings from the reserve and is helping to gather stories as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. Anita writes: The annual arrival of ospreys has caused a ripple of excitement to stir through RSPB Scotland Loch...
  • Blog Post: Would you like to be a star wildlife family at Leighton Moss?

    Family pond dipping at Leighton Moss by Steven Williams The blood worm wriggled, a bright crimson creature from the deep. Water mites were spinning circles in the pond dipping pots. The beetles, pond snails and newts were the focus of quiet, or not so quiet, fascination by adults and children alike...
  • Blog Post: Are you ready for Big Wild Sleepout?

    Thousands of people will be pitching tents in gardens as part of our annual Big Wild Sleepout! Are you taking part? Running between 28 th and 30 th July, Big Wild Sleepout is free to take part in; all you need to do is register online at www.rspb.org.uk/sleepout , to find lots of fun ideas, activities...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings & A Big Wild Sleep Out

    There's been lots of activity on the reserve just lately as our Visitor Experience Intern Steven has discovered. Here he paints a vivid picture of what's been going on at Leighton Moss in the last week or so: Green woodpecker - copyright Andy Hay rspb-images.com A green woodpecker yaffles...
  • Blog Post: Educating Children 1967, Educating Children 2017

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's writer in residence Anita John is helping to gather stories of the reserve in 2017 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. Anita writes: Education has always been a crucial part of our work here at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven, ever since the reserve was first created...
  • Blog Post: Big Wild Sleepout returns!

    The RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout returns for a fifth fabulous year, and between 28 th and 30 th July, thousands of children and their families will be pitching tents in gardens and RSPB reserves across the UK, hoping to discover what night time creatures are living on their doorstep. And our...
  • Blog Post: Lapwings at Loch Leven

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's writer in residence Anita John brings us news from the reserve along with wildlife sightings and upcoming events. Anita is a poet and author who is helping to gather stories of the reserve in 2017 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. Delighted to have my first...
  • Blog Post: Buzzing in the bee meadow

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's writer in residence Anita John brings us news from the reserve along with wildlife sightings and upcoming events. Anita is a poet and author who is helping to gather stories of the reserve in 2017 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. A spell of glorious blue...
  • Blog Post: Whaups, Westerlys and Aldi!

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's writer in residence Anita John brings us news from the reserve along with wildlife sightings and upcoming events. Anita is a poet and author who is helping to gather stories of the reserve in 2017 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. The wind and the curlew's...
  • Blog Post: Fabulous volunteers get muddy and wet!

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven's writer in residence Anita John brings us news from the reserve along with wildlife sightings and upcoming events. Anita is a poet and author who is helping to gather stories of the reserve in 2017 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. Thanks to our fabulous volunteers...
  • Blog Post: White birds brighten dull wintry days

    Although the weather hasn't exactly felt spring like this week, the snowdrops are already blooming near the car park entrance, and the daffodils behind the visitor centre are in bud. It won't be long before they're bursting into flower too. There'll be further signs of the coming spring...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife explorer's

    I love being a Visitor Experience Intern at Leighton Moss for many reasons. Not only do I get to live and work at a stunning reserve, home to amazing wildlife, I also get to experience and help out with lots of our fun events and activities. Last week I had an wonderful time helping out with our Wildlife...