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20 January, 2015

Free wetlands walk at Loch Leven

A free wetlands walk showing off Loch Leven’s spectacular wildlife takes place on Sunday, 1 February.

To mark World Wetlands Day, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) staff will lead a guided walk, taking a closer look at the amazing variety of wildfowl at the national nature reserve.

World Wetlands Day marks the anniversary of the Ramsar convention, which was established 41 years ago to protect wetlands internationally with 21 countries as signatories. The convention has now been signed by 163 countries. Every year, February 2nd is celebrated globally at various Ramsar sites, recognising the importance of wetlands globally for people, wildlife and our environment.

Loch Leven is one of Great Britain’s most important Ramsar sites, with international populations of wintering wildfowl, including globally significant populations of pink-footed geese, whooper swans, tufted ducks and coots, to name but a few. The loch is also proving to be very popular with recently reintroduced white-tailed eagles through the winter months, and the loch shore and tributaries are often used by otters and kingfishers in search of food.

Craig Nisbet, SNH reserve officer at Loch Leven, said:

“Loch Leven is such an important place for migratory wildfowl, so come along and learn more about this special spot – and help us to look out for some of the winter visitors that makes the loch a hotspot for birders and naturalists the world over.”

The walk is free, but booking is required by calling the reserve office on 01577 864439. It takes place from 10am to 1pm, and stout footwear, waterproofs and binoculars are recommended. The walk will begin at the reserve office on the Pier at Kinross.

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Notes to editors

Loch Leven National Nature Reserve is one of about 50 NNRs in Scotland. NNRs are special places that look after some of the best of Scotland’s nature on behalf of everyone who lives or visits Scotland, and they provide unique opportunities to visit, enjoy and learn more about Scotland’s nature. For more information, see

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Pink-footed geese

Pink-footed geese

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Kingfisher: Kingfisher, credit Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).


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