The race is on at nature reserve

Mute swans on Loch Leven
Mute swans on Loch Leven

The 50th anniversary celebrations for Loch Leven national nature reserve continue this weekend with two jam-packed days of ‘BioBlitz’ activities.

A ‘BioBlitz’ is an outdoor family event where expert naturalists and members of the public work together to do a fast and intensive survey of all forms of life in a natural space.

People are invited to go along to learn how to find and record wildlife with guided walks, displays, demonstrations and activities such as identifying bats, birds, insects and fish, tracking mammals and amphibians, and spotting alien species.

The event begins at noon tomorrow (Saturday) and continues until noon on Sunday.

Wildlife experts will be on hand to help participants get to grips with recording species – or just finding out more about what species can be found at the nature reserve.

It’s a race to find as many different species of plants, birds, insects, fungi, mammals, fish as possible in 24 hours.

Everything people see or find is written down to make a list of species records which feed into national databases that monitor the reserve’s wildlife.

Neil Mitchell, SNH Loch Leven reserve manager, said:

“The BioBlitz is a great way to get involved and learn about Loch Leven’s wildlife.

“Have you ever wondered how many varieties of bats there are around Loch Leven? You can find out how to survey for moths at our special evening event. Early risers can count birds during the dawn chorus. Or why not track a mammal to its home?”

All ages and abilities are welcome. To learn more about the day, email or call the reserve office on 01577 864439.

Loch Leven is Scotland’s largest lowland loch and one of the most important sites for waterfowl in Britain.

Its unique environment attracts the largest concentration of breeding ducks anywhere in the UK as well as thousands of migratory ducks, geese and swans.