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  • Blog Post: ''Wink wink''

    The familiar 'wink wink' call of the pink-footed goose is with us once again - autumn is well and truly here. Large flocks of geese are moving around Loch Leven and the surrounding fields regularly providing wonderful spectacles throughout the day. The first NNR goose count took place on Friday...
  • Blog Post: A soggy start to 2014

    Well it's been about a year and a half since my last blog, so i feel one's about due. My New Year's resolution is to remember to write a regular blog (we'll see how long it lasts). Monday was my first day back after the Christmas break and the site has changed just in the last few...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 17th of December

    After not seeing the sea eagle last week, I was rewarded today by seeing two sea eagles. We had great sightings of them flying and some lucky visitors saw them catching a duck. Staying on the raptor theme we have had a peregrine on St Serfs island, buzzards all over the reserve and a single kestrel hovering...
  • Blog Post: The Shop is now OPEN

    Our shop refit is now complete and we are happy announce that our shop is now open. The cafe is also open and there is plenty to see from the telescopes up there as usual. The whole visitor centre is now looking great, so it is definetly worth coming to the reserve to see the results of all our hard...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday blog 14th of January

    Unfortunately the two sea eagles have not been seen today, though there are plenty of other birds to hold our attention. There are pochard, teal, mallard.and tufted ducks all grouped together in the bay along with a small group of fishing gooseander. Smaller numbers of whooper swans are still present...
  • Blog Post: Reed all about it...

    Today saw an exciting development in the new wetland work - the planting of reeds around the 3rd hide. The reason for the reeds is an attempt to create natural screening between the visitors and the pools. The plants are just over a foot tall at the moment, but within a couple of years they should reach...
  • Blog Post: Tuesday, 12th March

    We’ve had a couple of seasons in the past few weeks. Spring-like weather with clear skies and sunshine resulted in large flocks (100+) of Lapwings returning to the reserve, with many birds actively displaying over the grassland. Pre-breeding flocks of Curlews too, have been prominent, with regular...
  • Blog Post: Winter heaven (for birds)

    Despite the chilly conditions we've had an excellent spate of sightings over the last few days, with today being classed as "bird of prey heaven" by Colin Ross (he's very excitable). So far today we've had 6 different species spied on the reserve and over the loch - all looking...
  • Blog Post: Lewis' Saturday Blog 16th June

    What a wet day! The rain hasn't stopped all day, though that has not put off a lot of the birds. There are plenty of gadwall on the flood, along with large numbers of tufted ducks and some cute little shelduck chicks. Talking about chicks, our goslings are now huge and have formed a huge group on...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 21st January

    The reserve is full of birds today, especially curlew which have been probing in the damp mud all day. There is also a small flock of teal and mallard feeding close to the first hide, a great opportunity to see the wonderful colours of the teal up close. On the loch there is a variety of ducks including...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 7th of April

    Well, I'm just back from a fantastic week on the isle of Mull where I was lucky enough to see sea eagles, golden eagles and hen harriers. Though there's no eagles here at loch Leven there are plenty of other great animals to keep us occupied. Again, this morning, a tawny owl flew over the picnic...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 7th January

    I hope that you have had a great Christmas period and new year! Today the new year has started well with fantastic sightings of the two sea eagle(wing tag H and X), they were preying on a bird this morning and soaring over St Serfs Island. Away from the sea eagles there are plenty of tufted ducks, pochard...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 10th of December

    We have really got in the Christmas spirit here at Vane farm and the cafe now looks like a winter wonderland with tinsel and stars. After my optimism last week, in request for a sea eagle , we were rewarded with our annual visitor. Though as usual I didn't see the sea eagle today, it was seen on...
  • Blog Post: WeBS huge whooper count (+ goose numbers)

    The weather certainly hasn't put off the birds on the NNR, with this week’s WeBS count reflecting the building winter numbers. Whooper swan numbers have reached a staggering 783 across the loch, with around 150 on the flood this morning. Monday's limited visibility meant the whoopers...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 3rd of December

    We have had a real "seal of approval" for the work that was carried out on the reserve as many whooper swans, teal, wigeon, mallard and some pink-footed geese have taken up residence on our new reserve. On my first trip down to the 3rd hide today I was totally amazed with how at one you were...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 26th May 2012

    First of all apologies for posting the blog on a Monday, I could not gain access to it over the week end. It seems like ages since I last posted a blog- two weeks ago I was checking gull nests on St Serfs island (they are doing well and now the eggs are beginning to hatch) and last week I was at the...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 26th May

    First of all apologies for posting the blog on a Monday, I could not gain access to it over the week end. It seems like ages since I last posted a blog- two weeks ago I was checking gull nests on St Serfs island (they are doing well and now the eggs are beginning to hatch) and last week I was at the...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 12th November

    Sorry for my delay in writing the blog, it was a busy weekend. Saturday was a great day for birds with many different raptors - kestrel, peregrine, sparrow hawk and buzzard were all seen on the reserve, with the two peregrines flying over the flood and a great sighting of a sparrow hawk hunting by the...
  • Blog Post: Lewis' Saturday Blog 22nd October

    The first of the smews, for this winter, have turned up with a female fishing on the loch today. The numbers of geese are higher than last week with the lucky individuals, on the goose watch this morning, seeing 14,000 pink footed geese coming off the roost. There is a great variation of ducks on the...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 17th of November 2012

    Apoligies for the lack of blogging. What a fantastic day! The morning started well with a peregrine perching near the flood, and plenty of the usual buzzards and kestrels. Though even better than all that, in my opinion, was the female smew that showed well on the loch, it even got out of the water...
  • Blog Post: Lewis' Saturday Blog 28th April

    The reserve today is full of ducks, all feeding in the ponds. There are gadwall, teal, wigeon, tufted ducks and a couple of pairs of shell duck. We also have the first group of greylag goslings on the reserve, with a smaller group also on St Serfs. The lapwings on the reserve are busy nesting along with...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 25th Feburary.

    We were lucky enough to have a whole flock of whooper swans very close in to the first hide today, offering great views. One of our visitors today got some great pictures of a peregrine, flying near the last hide with what looked like coot in it's claws. There are also plenty of goldeneye, tufted...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 3rd March

    It's spring again on the reserve with all of our garden birds in search of a site for a nest and great crested grebes displaying on the loch. The wonderful dance of the great crested grebe has begun and it won't now be long until their fluffy chicks are sitting on their backs. With the cafe now...
  • Blog Post: Lewis' Saturday Blog 20th of March

    What a beautiful day it has been, the sun is still shining over the whole of the reserve. And with this spring weather many of our spring birds are starting to arrive- the lesser and greater black backed gulls are beginning to arrive on St Serfs, though there are still many pink footed geese on the island...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 11th February

    The loch still has some ice on it, though it has definitely been a lot milder today. When I arrived this morning the birds were calling loudly and the feeders where as busy as ever, there were also a few blue tits beginning to investigate our array of nest boxes. On the loch there are loads of pochard...