Nature reserve on the bonnie banks opens its doors for 2016 with events and activities

Jenny Tweedie

Wednesday 30 March 2016

RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond will be officially launching its new visitor facilities this weekend, with guided walks and activities for all.

A new visitor hub will now be open from 10am -3pm every weekend until October, and there will be a guided walk each Saturday and Sunday at 11am, with other special activities throughout the year.

RSPB Scotland site manager, Paula Baker, said: "This is a wonderful place to work, and we've been itching to get people here so that they can see it for themselves. It's always been accessible on foot through Gartocharn, but with our new road and car park now up and running, it's much easier for everyone to visit.

"We're planning a whole summer of special events, including guided walks, a family nature day, wild food foraging and a dawn chorus walk.

"This is the perfect time of year to visit, as the birds are singing, there have been ospreys sighted, and bees and butterflies are already emerging. We really hope that people will come and enjoy all this wonderful wildlife with us. You might even hear the first cuckoo of the year!"

RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond is an incredibly rich area of wetland, woodland and farmland that provides homes for nature, such as endangered geese, unique plants and unusual fish. In the last few years, rare beetles and spiders have both been recorded there, and there have also been records of spotted crake, a migratory bird with a British population thought to be fewer than 200.

Since the site's purchase, through a partnership between RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, vital work has been underway to improve its habitats, and volunteers have been helping with the removal of invasive, non-native species, maintaining paths, and planting hedges.

Guided walks will cost £5 for adults £2.50 for kids, and there's a 20% discount for RSPB members. Wellies are essential as paths are still being created, and it's muddy and uneven underfoot.

The local community is also invited to a special launch evening at the reserve on Thursday 21 April 4pm-7pm. Contact emma.wilcock@rspb.org.uk for more information.

You can keep up with the reserve and find out about events through: www.rspb.org.uk/lochlomond, or follow RSPB Glasgow on Twitter or Facebook.

The RSPB is the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

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