Open day at Loch of Kinnordy

Loch of Kinnordy is an important home for wildlife such as red squirrels

Loch of Kinnordy is an important home for wildlife such as red squirrels

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RSPB Scotland is hosting an open day at Loch of Kinnordy on August 11 and is encouraging folk to join them for encounters with wildlife and family fun.

The nature reserve, near Kirriemuir, is home to an array of amazing wildlife from marsh harriers to red squirrels and the local RSPB Scotland team who look after it are hoping the event will encourage people who have never been to visit.

Local experts will join the RSPB Scotland team in the morning looking for and counting the plants and animals found on the reserve in a Bioblitz before the main event begins at 11am when everyone is invited to come and meet the some of Kinnordy’s wild inhabitants, and that’s not just the staff and volunteers.

The day will include guided walks and talks in the hides from RSPB Scotland’s warden and assistant warden. Anna Jemmett is RSPB Scotland’s Assistant Warden at Loch of Kinnordy. She said: “Loch of Kinnordy is an important home for some of Scotland’s most iconic wildlife such as red squirrels. We hope lots of people will take this opportunity to come and meet us and hopefully find out more about the wonderful wildlife that lives here both in the woodland and above and below the water. It should be a great day!”

Ken Neil from Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels will also be at the reserve to tell visitors all about the red squirrels who live there and help people try to spot some. There will also be plenty of activities for families between 11am to 4pm, at this free drop-in event.

There is parking for eight cars at the reserve; alternatively, there is a nice walk (approximately two miles) from Kirriemuir along the Gairie Burn on the Kirriemuir path network to reach the reserve. For more information about the open day visit rspb.org.uk/lochofkinnordy or contact Anna on 01577 862355 or anna.jemmett@rspb.org.uk.

Loch of Kinnordy is a shallow loch that sits in a natural basin surrounded by farmland. It attracts all types of wildlife from ospreys in summer to whopper swans and geese in winter. There are three hides from which you are can spot otters, red squirrels and deer as well as birds and in summer butterflies and dragonflies too. The reserve is open daily from dawn to dusk and it is free to visit, although the charity appreciates any donations in the cairn at the entrance.