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On your marks, get set, go... to RSPB Loch Leven

Last modified: 27 July 2012

Vane Farm RSPB reserve, view from carpark towards centre

Image: Andy Hay

As Olympic fever grips the UK and all eyes turn to London for tonight’s 2012 opening ceremony, a leading Kinross-shire nature reserve will this weekend launch its own version of the famous Games.

RSPB Loch Leven is inviting visitors to try their hand at a series of challenges inspired by not only the Olympic Games in London, but also the natural environment.

For the next two weeks (28th July-12th August), the picnic area at the popular attraction will be transformed into a Games Arena. Ready for participants, young and old, to try their hand at events ranging from the traditional long jump, to the wheelbarrow race, hay-bale hurdles, welly wanging and more.

Those who complete the pint-sized pentathlon will be awarded their very own wooden medal, and can take their place on the winners’ podium.

Adjudicator Caroline Rance, better known as RSPB Loch Leven’s Visitor Experience and Event Officer, said: “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. As well as learning more about local wildlife, those taking part will get a challenge card to record their achievements.  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.”

As well as the self led Games, the nature reserve, which this year celebrates 45 years of environmental education, will also be hosting a range of special Olympic inspired events.

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