March at Loch of the Lowes

March is a very exciting month at Loch of the Lowes: for the Visitor Centre, it marks the start of summer opening hours - 7 days a week (10am-5pm); and is usually the month when our ospreys return to their nest.
Last year, the male osprey, LM12, returned on 17th March, with the female, LF15, flying in to join him on 23rd March. Will this be repeated this year? We will be posting news of any osprey action on our social media (details below) and on our Blog. Best of all, why not come up and scan the skies for a chance of the momentous sight of an osprey completing its 3,000 mile migration and landing safely back on its nest. If you or anyone you know would like to take part in the 24 hours osprey nest protection program (Osprey Watch) please contact the Perthshire Ranger (
All training is given and the role brings with it the bonus of fabulous views not only of osprey behaviour but of beaver, otter, great crested grebe and all manner of species throughout the breeding season.
Volunteering with Scottish Wildlife Trust is an excellent way of meeting new people, gaining knowledge of our diverse wildlife and environment and is even proven to be beneficial for both physical and mental well-being. We have many different roles available in the visitor centre and out on the reserve.
Also on 15th March, 7.30pm-9pm, we are delighted to have Jim Crumley coming to Birnam Arts to speak about Nature Writing. The funds raised from the evening will be divided equally between the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Birnam Arts and we hope you will come along and enjoy a fascinating talk while contributing to two very worthwhile causes. Tickets are available from Birnam Arts and Loch of the Lowes: please spread the word! (Adult £10, Conc £8, Under 26’s £5), booking essential.
As I write, it is already very spring-like up at Loch of the Lowes. Wigeon, coot, goldeneye, mallard, heron, little grebe and  goosander are currently on the loch and in the feeding station, siskin, coal tit, great tit, blue tit and yellowhammer along with robins, blackbirds and very lively, vocal great spotted woodpeckers. The woodpeckers have been drumming on the trees for the last few weeks, marking out their territories.
We all look forward to welcoming you to Loch of the Lowes in the coming weeks when we hope (fingers firmly crossed) our ospreys will have returned.
Loch of the Lowes, Scottish Wildlife Trust, 01350 727337
Facebook: Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve.
Twitter @lochofthelowes Admission charges Adult £4, Conc £3.50 Child 50p Family £7.50 SWT Member FREE

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