Lochwinnoch RSPB reserve, Aird Meadow Loch and hides, August 2004


RSPB Lochwinnoch nature reserve is one of the few remaining wetland sites in Scotland.

Book your place

Interested in bringing your class to our reserve? Complete a booking request form and send it in below.

What we offer

With a loch, grassland, marsh and woodland it is an ideal place for an exciting school visit.

Your class will be able to explore and investigate the abundant wildlife and variety of habitats found on the reserve. There are excellent facilities for your school, including a pond-dipping area, visitor centre, viewing tower equipped with telescopes and hides which give stunning views over marsh and the loch.

And with each season bringing a change in wildlife activities, colours, sounds and smells, the reserve is ideal for return visits.

To find out more, take a look at the list of the programmes and contact us to make a booking. Each programme is designed to last two hours; sessions run from 10am to 12pm and then 12.30 to 2.30pm. Two programmes can be combined to make a whole day visit.

How to find us:

For directions to Lochwinnoch visit the reserve page.

Lochwinnoch RSPB reserve, view of reserve across Castle Semple Loch

Programmes available on this reserve

Looking at different features of birds. PDF, 234Kb.

Brilliant Birds (Early & First Levels)

What's special about minibeasts, and how are they suited to their habitat? PDF, 235Kb.

Discovering Land Minibeasts (Early & First Levels)

What's special about pond minibeasts? PDF, 234Kb.

Discovering Pond Minibeasts (Early & First Levels)

Be detectives in this nature discovery walk. PDF, 101Kb.

Seasonal Sensory Walk (Early & First Levels)

Identify and record plants you find. PDF, 156Kb.

Plant detectives (First level)

Find out what's special about the birds on the reserve. PDF, 127Kb.

Discovering Birds (Second Level)

Investigate minibeasts in their habitats. PDF, 131Kb.

Investigating Minibeasts (Second Level)

Explore the reserve habitats for a variety of plants and animals. PDF, 128Kb.

Living things and their habitat (Second Level)

Investigate minibeasts in ponds and mud. PDF, 132Kb.

Pond Habitat Study (Second Level)

Plan how you might measure the biotic and abiotic factors of the sampling site. PDF, 80Kb.

Ecological Investigations and Sampling (Third Level)

Be immersed in the inspirational ecosystem of an RSPB reserve. PDF, 17Kb.

Ecosystems (National 3/4/5 Geography)

Investigate the distribution and abundance of organisms using ecological fieldwork techniques. PDF, 18Kb.

Ecological Fieldwork Techniques (National 3/4/5 Biology)

Investigate the communities that make up the ecosystems within our nature reserves. PDF, 16Kb.

Ecosystems and Sustainability (Advanced Higher Geography)

Sampling of wild organisms and how ecosystems are made up within the reserve. PDF, 75Kb.

Sampling (Advanced Higher Biology)

Contact us

Coast on a stormy day

RSPB Lochwinnoch reserve

01505 842663