Stunning picture wins RSPB comp

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The creative talents of Angus locals have been recognised by RSPB Scotland after it ran a photography and drawing competition based around its Loch of Kinnordy nature reserve in the lead up to Christmas.

Adults were asked to take a photograph which, in their opinion, best represented the wildlife haven outside Kirriemuir; whilst children were invited to make a Christmas card based around the theme of the birds found at Loch of Kinnordy.

The winning photograph, taken by Westmuir resident Brian Forsyth, features a pair of mute swans swimming across the loch, taken from the vantage point at Gullery Hide. Brian said: “I am delighted that my picture of the mute swans was chosen by the RSPB.

“I live just a mile from Loch of Kinnordy and it’s a nature reserve I visit often and enjoy spending time at, as it is such a peaceful place. I’m a keen photographer and there’s plenty of opportunity for wildlife pictures when I visit Loch of Kinnordy, with a wide range of birds and other animals.”

Sisters, Beth (12) and Bria (5) Ogilvy, from Craigton of Airlie, won the children’s category with their Christmas card designs illustrating swans and ducks at Loch of Kinnordy. Beth and Bria’s father, Shane Ogilvy said: “The girls were thrilled that they had won prizes in the design-a-Christmas-card competition. Both girls love the natural world and enjoyed making their cards.”

All three winners will receive prizes, including generous donations from Betram’s Quality Butchers, The Wendy House and The Star Rock Shop, all based in Kirriemuir.

Loch of Kinnordy is located one mile outside Kirriemuir. The reserve is open daily from dawn to dusk. RSPB Scotland’s work at Loch of Kinnordy is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage. Individual projects have been funded by Angus Environmental Trust.