Take a walk on the wild side at Discovery Day

A youngster explores the wonders of freshwater life at a stand run by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology at  last year's event.
A youngster explores the wonders of freshwater life at a stand run by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology at last year's event.

People in north east Fife and Kinross-shire are being invited to Loch Leven this Sunday to find out why it’s one of the the best wildlife sites in Europe,

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is hosting its annual Discovery Day at Kirkgate Park, Kinross, on the banks of what is the largest lowland loch in Scotland.

SNH will have help from 17 other organisations, all connected with the loch, to lay on an afternoon of free attractions and activities.

There’ll be the chance to get up close to underwater beasties, newts and moths and find out more about birds, native squirrels, dragonflies and bats.

Participants can also share their ideas for the next reserve management plan, find out what the community are doing at Portmoak Moss, and learn how important clean water is for wildlife and how non-native species threaten our wildlife.

SNH’s Loch Leven reserve manager, Neil Mitchell, said: “There’s really something for everyone at Discovery Day, so I hope you’ll come out and join us. There will be bird ringing demonstrations, help with how to work the trail app – or why not have a go at fly casting or willow weave your own dragonfly?”

The event begins at noon on June 14 and runs until4pm .

Most stands and activities are under cover in the main marquee or smaller tents and there is level access over grass close to the footpath. The Green Hotel will be selling food and soft drinks on site.

Another free event, Burleigh Botany, takes place on June 16 from 6pm to 8pm, when SNH staff will lead a botanical walk around the loch. Call 01577 864439 to book.