Loch Leven Nature Reserve
Loch Leven Nature Reserve
At the heart of this Futurescape lies the picturesque Loch Leven, an internationally important wildlife site attracting thousands of visitors throughout the year.
What makes it special? The area offers spectacular wildlife throughout the year, from the largest nesting duck colony in the UK, to the thousands of pink-footed geese that descend on the loch during the autumn.
There is however, another, lesser-known story about Loch Leven, from which our Futurescape project is developing.
For many years, poor water quality affected biodiversity and those who used the loch for business and recreation. Only through many different organisations working together was the loch able to recover and become a haven for wildlife and people once again.
That is not the end of the story. We now have an opportunity to build on that fantastic work and create new habitats for wildlife, while maintaining and improving the water quality throughout the area.
Reserves and other protected areas are a key part of Futurescapes. They provide core areas for nature to thrive and eventually repopulate the surrounding landscapes. The key RSPB reserve within this Futurescape is:
Part of the Loch Leven National Nature Reserve, this is an ideal day out for all the family. Visit our hides, they're great for getting close-up views of wildlife.
We're working to safeguard and improve special places for nature. Each Futurescape contains a range of initiatives in addition to our reserves. The combination of these creates better conditions for wildlife across the countryside.
Primary pupils “take over” the new-look RSPB nature reserve.
Futurescapes is all about collaboration: there are many organisations and people involved in managing land at Loch Leven Nature Reserve. Our challenge is working together to find ways of making more space for nature. To achieve this we’re working with:
Saving special places
Victory for Harapan Rainforest
Beautiful Hutan Harapan forest is a precious remnant of the rainforest that once covered much of Sumatra (Photo: RSPB-images/Steve Roland) Hutan Harapan is one of the last remaining areas of dry lowland Sumatran forest and is among the most th...(r...Posted 12/04/2019 by Heather Mitchell
Rila Mountains: The Final Piece in Bulgaria's Protected Area Network for Birds
Daniel Pullan, our International Casework Manager writes: I was thrilled last week when my Bulgarian colleague Irina Mateeva told me that the Bulgarian Government had designated the last part of the Rila Mountains as a Special Protection Area. This a...Posted 04/04/2019 by Heather Mitchell
A net gain for nature
How can built development leave the natural environment in a better shape than it was before? This is the question at the heart of Defra’s recent consultation on ‘biodiversity net gain’. We know from the State of Nature 2016 report ...(read more)Posted 01/03/2019 by Simon Marsh
What will the new NPPF mean for places, people and nature?
On Tuesday the Government published a new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England. You can see our previous commentary on the draft version here , here and here . The NPPF sets out the Government’s planning policies for England...(read ...Posted 27/07/2018 by Steph