Setting the scene
Wild but accessible
Loch Leven is one of the closest National Nature Reserves to the central belt of Scotland, yet it retains a real sense of tranquillity and wildness. Recent improvements in access around the Loch have made it easier to enjoy its landscape and see its birds, without risk of disturbance, making it a great place for visitors, whether they are keen birders or simply looking for a refreshing country walk.
Birds by the thousand
Loch Leven fills over 13 square kilometres (5 square miles) of low ground between the Ochil, Lomond and Cleish Hills in the old county of Kinross. That makes it the largest water body of its kind in lowland Britain. It has shallow water, deeper areas, sheltered shores and seven islands, and, as a result, it supports more breeding ducks than anywhere else in inland Europe. In winter, these are joined by tens of thousands of migrating wildfowl, either passing through or spending the winter. The Loch is of global importance for its wintering and breeding waterbirds. The Reserve also boasts a rich mix of wetland habitats, from wet grassland and marshes to reed beds and willow carr, which we are working to improve for plants and wildlife.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has had a nature Reserve at the south side of the loch since 1967. Habitat creation and management, as well as the facilities they provide for visitors, greatly adds to the interest of the area. Since 2002 we have been delighted to include this area as an integral part of the NNR. We work in partnership with RSPB staff to manage the whole NNR for the benefit of wildlife.
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