Loch Leven is Scotland’s largest lowland loch and one of the most important sites for waterfowl in Britain. Its unique environment attracts not only the largest concentration of breeding ducks anywhere in the UK, but also many thousands of migratory ducks, geese and swans every autumn and winter.
Pink-footed geese provide a spectacular display at Loch Leven. Every year about 20,000 of them return to Loch Leven from Iceland and Greenland, a full 10% of the global population. And every year Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) reserve staff lead an evening and a morning walk to observe the geese as they lift off from, or return to their roosts on the loch shore.
For 2012, these unique dawn and sunset geese walks are coming up fast – on the 13th and 21st of October.
Both sessions are free and accessible for all, although walking boots and waterproofs are recommended.
- The Pink Sunset event takes place on 13th October between 5-7pm, meeting at Burleigh Sands.
- The Dawn Goose Watch takes place on 21st October between 6.30-8.30am, meeting at the Kirkgate Watchtower.
Call 01577 864439 to book a place.
Craig Nisbet, SNH reserve officer at Loch Leven, says:
‘This is truly a wildlife spectacle never to be forgotten. I’d encourage people to come along both to experience this incredible sight, and to find out more about these fascinating geese and other wildfowl on the loch.’