It was a huge surprise to us arriving to work on Friday morning to find a generous donation had been left for us by a mystery visitor - scores of fantastic wildlife books, binoculars and even a telescope.
We are all amazed by the generosity of our mystery donor, and want to take this opportunity, if you're reading, to say thank you. As a charity, we rely on the support of individuals to help us in our work, but this is incredibly generous and hugely appreciated. There are some excellent books and equipment that we will be able to put to good use on the reserve, engaging with our visitors and with local school children, helping them to understand nature and the environment.
For the books that we can't use, we hope to have a second hand book sale to raise funds for our conservation work here on the reserve.
Warden Vicky Turnbull, who was discovered the mystery donation, looks through the wonderful books left on our doorstep.
As Olympic fever grips the UK and all eyes turn to London for tonight’s 2012 opening ceremony, this weekend we're launching our own version of the famous Games, the Loch Leven Games!
We have some amazing record breakers in the world of wildlife from diving beasties to super fast fliers, so with that in mind we wanted to put our visitors to the test with a nature inspired version of the Games!
For the next two weeks (28th July-12th August), our picnic area will be transformed into a Games Arena. Ready for participants, young and old, we invite you to try your hand at events ranging from the traditional long jump, to the wheelbarrow race, hay-bale hurdles, welly wanging and downhill rolling!
Everyone who completes our pint-sized pentathlon will be awarded their very own wooden medal, and can take their place on the winners’ podium.
As well as the self led Games, we are also be hosting a range of special Olympic inspired events - from Record Breaking Birds to Bushcraft Javelin. See our events page for more details.
So if you think you’ve got what it takes to win gold at the Loch Leven Games make sure you pay us a visit.!
Another day, another WeBS count - what did I spy yesterday?
The loch is a little on the quiet side - many of the birds are hiding away while they moult, but good numbers of mute swans are very obvious as they gather on the loch to moult. A large raft of greylag geese remain on on the loch - regularly seen to the north of St Serfs. Good numbers of great-crested grebe were seen on the south shore, dotted in amongst the tufties and wigeon.
On the reserve there remains at least 4 lapwing broods, with 7 chicks visible from the middle hide. Redshank chicks continue to roam closeby but are awfully good at hiding. A common gull and juvenile were spotted hanging out on the flood - possibly a surviving chick from the flooded island nest. A handful of curlew are feeding on the new wetland, while large flocks of tufties move between the loch and the flood.
The highlight of the day was excellent views of the water rail - an elusive creature. The rail popped out for a stroll on the mud before dashing back into the rushes once again. The water rail seems to flit between the raised bog and the area to the left of the 3rd hide - keep your eyes peeled.