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Seasons at Loch Leven

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What to see in Spring
The countryside comes alive – watch for catkins on willow and hazel trees and early spring flowers. In the woods, listen to the birdsong and the drumming of the great spotted woodpecker. On the loch, you may be lucky enough to see the courtship dance of the great crested grebe. Don’t forget to watch overhead for swallows and sand martins, returning from Africa in early April.

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What to see in Summer
The meadow flowers attract bees and butterflies, while dragonflies and damselflies dart over pools and wet ditches. Ducklings, such as mallard and tufted duck, feed around the loch margins while, on the islands, swans nurture their cygnets. Look out for osprey fishing for trout in the clear water of the loch.

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What to see in Autumn
A season of change. Flight calls overhead herald the arrival of thousands of pinkfooted geese to feed in stubble fields, while flocks of fieldfares and redwing search for berries in woods and hedgerows. Along the trail, watch for mushrooms and toadstools. Look but don’t touch – some of these colourful fungi may be poisonous!
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What to see in Winter
A good time to look for tracks and trails as birds and animals hunt for food. On milder days, go quietly in the forests to watch for red squirrels searching for pine cones. On cold days look for their tracks and half-eaten cones. Haunting calls of whooper swans follow you along the loch shore. Black buds on ash trees already give the promise of spring.

 

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