Don't get too excited just yet-
Unfortunately the roller in question,has decided that flattening pot holes is bit too much like hard work (the wardens know just how it feels!) and has broken down just past the start of the entrance track. It is just possible to get a car past by driving a bit on the verge, but it's not recommended if you've got a large car or low ground clearance as the verge itself is quite steep. We're hoping that a mechanic will be able to come out tomorrow and fix it. Inthe meantime we are open, but you may want to park in Crimond village (there's a car park by the church) and walk down to the reserve.
Fen and Bay Hide are both open as normal, and have been worth visiting recently to see the large flock of Whooper Swans gathering on the loch. The count today was around 300, mostly adults but with a few family groups in amongst them. The two incredibly smart-looking Black Swans are usually hanging around in front of Fen Hide as well.
If you're in or around Aberdeen tomorrow evening, RSPB Director of Scotland Stuart Housden is giving a talk to the Aberdeen Local Group about Saving Nature and the challenges facing the RSPB in the future. If you're interested in attending you can see all the details here- http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/aberdeen (click on 'Events'). The talk is free for group members, or you can join on the night for just £5 (plus RSPB membership if you're not one already), which gets you free entry to all the group's other talks, trips and events for a year, and the chance to join the work parties and come and help us out on the reserve.