Loch of the Lowes
December and January at Loch of the Lowes
Winter is a wonderful time for enjoying the outdoors.
Nature’s colour palette gives us rich carpets of russet, red and golden leaves, pale yellow grasses and deep bronze bracken. When the sky is blue and everything sparkles with frost or brilliant white snow, what better way to enjoy the daylight hours than by taking a walk. Even on rainy days, remember the old adage “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes.” Pull on your woollies and waterproofs to enjoy splashing through puddles and breathing in the fabulous earthy aromas.
The visitor centre at Loch of the Lowes is open 3 days a week (see below) and the double decker hide is open every day, seven days a week throughout the entire year. So, please come up if you fancy watching dabbling ducks like wigeon, or diving ducks like goldeneye, mute swans turning ‘tail up’ as they feed on the underwater plants and the shy fallow deer and red squirrels in the woodland.
Dawn and dusk are the best times for seeing the beaver and keep an ear (and eye) out for owls and pine martens.
Over these darkest months of the year we specialise in Warm Winter Wildlife Watching. From our Visitor Centre’s viewing window you can see woodland birds at very close quarters, something especially enjoyed by young children.
Red squirrels often visit, sometimes climbing right inside the feeders to guzzle away at the peanuts – providing wonderful photo opportunities. For our younger visitors there’s puzzles and colouring to be done in their own little indoor Hide, Duckling Den, or making leaf collages or wrapping up warm and exploring the woodland trail to answer clues in quizzes (maybe win a prize?)
Our shop has a host of wildlife themed gifts for Christmas (lots of fun little stocking presents) as well as our own Scottish Wildlife Trust Calendars and Christmas Cards.
Looking for a present for that person who has everything?
Membership of Scottish Wildlife Trust starts at just £18 for a whole year. To carry out vital work on our 120 reserves across Scotland, the support of our members is essential.
For children, our Wildlife WATCH Membership will spread your gift across twelve months with magazines and activities to expand their understanding of the countryside.
We hope you will pop up and visit us or watch the wildlife on our webcams. If you are on social media, follow us to keep up to date with news and photos.
From all the staff and volunteers at Loch of the Lowes, we wish you a healthy, peaceful and very happy winter season!
Visitor Centre Opening times: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10.30am – 4pm. Admission charge: Adult £3.50,
Conc £2.50, Family £7 SWT Members FREE.
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