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Recent Sightings - 4-12 March 2013
After a short spell of wintry weather the spring is back on track, with beautiful sunshine and pleasant temperatures. New channels at the Aird Meadow are now taking shape as the works are due to be finished in a couple of weeks. And there is plenty of wildlife of course! Highlights of the week include...
13 Mar 2013
Recent Sightings - 22 February-3 March
After a long, cold and gloomy winter we can finally say – spring is in the air! Some parts of the reserve are carpeted in snowdrops and first daffodils have started to come out. Other sure signs of spring are the catkins on willows, first green buds on dog rose bushes and, off course, a beautiful...
4 Mar 2013
Recent Sightings - 29 January - 5 February
What a beautiful day at Lochwinnoch! After a miserable week, the sun is finally shining and it’s nice and warm. Even though it was a rainy and windy week, wildlife didn’t disappoint us and we had several “first of the year” sightings, bringing the number of species seen this year...
6 Feb 2013
Recent Sightings - 22-27 November
What a cracking week at Lochwinnoch! Sun is shining brightly, lochs are deep blue and very calm, and the morning frost paints grasses and reeds white. Lochs and feeders at the reserve are absolutely bursting with birds – the big and the small. A place that at the moment is particularly good for...
28 Nov 2012
Recent Sightings - 7-13 November
It’s been raining almost constantly since Monday – not a perfect time for both people and wildlife. Heavy rainfall, fog and high winds may affect migrating birds, causing death of individuals, exhausted by the journey and struggle with the elements. At this time of year, it’s particularly...
14 Nov 2012
Recent Sightings - 9-16 October
What an amazing week at Lochwinnoch! Despite changeable weather we had loads of exciting sightings, including a male hen harrier searching for voles and other small animals on the Aird Meadow on 9, 12, 14 October, and on Barr Loch on 16 October. Large amounts of wildfowl were observed on the lochs over...
17 Oct 2012
Recent Sightings - 18-27 September 2012
The weather in Renfrewshire has been very changeable recently. In the past week or so, we had clear blue skies and heavy grey clouds, rain and sunshine, strong wind, most beautiful rainbows, and even some morning frost. Some trees along the Aird Meadow Trail have already turned fiery orange. Some swallow...
28 Sep 2012
Recent Sightings - 14-17 September 2012
Finally, some sun after many days of wind and rain. Our feeders are teeming with garden birds enjoying sunshine (and delicious sunflower hearts). Blue and great tits , chaffinches , goldfinches and siskins , as well as an occasional great spotted woodpecker , are making a lovely view – we could...
18 Sep 2012
Recent Sightings - 11-13 September 2012
What an amazing few days for the reserve! It may be rainy and gloomy outside, but who cares when there is so much to be seen around? Mallards , tufted ducks and mute swans are seen in large numbers on the Barr Loch. The keen eye will also spot teal , pochard and wigeon amongst them – the males...
14 Sep 2012
As we edge into winter (boo) the numbers of wildfowl on the reserve just continue to increase (yay!). Last weekends (14th November) Wetland Birds Survey gave us a good indication of what's happening on the whole reserve, with results as follows: Barr Loch: 2 great crested grebe, 1 cormorant, 2...
20 Nov 2010
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