Help make a difference to bird population

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Birds require high energy (high fat) foods during the wintry weather to maintain their fat reserves to survive the frosty nights.

With this in mind, RSPB Loch of Kinnordy is holding an event on Saturday, October 20, from 12 noon until 2 p.m, to teach visitors how to make bird feeders and make a difference to local bird populations.

Site warden Kim Ross said: “This event will teach people how to make bird feeders which will support their regular garden bird species – such as chaffinches, robins and house sparrows - and attract new ones over the coldest months of the year.

“Visitors can also take part in helping to make cone bird feeders with cones that have fallen from the trees along the path. Each visitor can then take home their own hand-made bird feeder for their gardens.

“Autumn is an amazing time of year at Loch of Kinnordy; it also signals a change in the wildlife we find here. October is a wonderful time of year to see the start of the winter migrants, including greylag and pink-footed geese, goosander and goldeneye and we are eagerly awaiting whooper swans.”

All age groups are welcome, with children accompanied by an adult. The cost of the event is £1 per person or £5 for family groups.

Loch of Kinnordy is one mile outside of Kirriemuir on the B951, Kirkton of Kingoldrum Road.

Kim added: “The reserve is open daily from dawn to dusk and entry is free, although donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.”

With three hides on site, visitors can enjoy a number of viewpoints across the loch.

RSPB Scotland’s work at Loch of Kinnordy is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). Individual projects have been funded by Angus Environmental Trust.