Now that the days are becoming noticeably shorter we are seeing many changes around the loch. Skeins of geese have been arriving & will continue to do so in the coming weeks. Our squirrel population has been very active collecting food & it has been amazing to watch the blackbirds keeping a close eye on the locations where squirrels bury nuts. As soon as the squirrels leave their stash, the blackbirds promptly dig them up & take them away. The leaves of a number of trees on the edge of the loch are already developing a wonderful autumnal hue & overnight frosts will enhance the colours as September advances.
Grey wagtails have again been active around the Crannog Hide & visitors have enjoyed watching Treecreepers from the observation window in the centre. It will not be long before more species start to arrive from the north to spend the winter here. Bramblings, Fieldfares & Redwing should be here soon along with Whooper Swans & various species of geese.
As the Autumnal Equinox approaches why not join us here at Loch of the Lowes for our Family Fun Day on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September to find out what an equinox is & how it affects our wildlife. There will be Nature Trails, crafts & quizzes. There is no need to book – just come along. Usual Visitor Centre admission charges apply.
Val Gall Wildlife Interpretation Officer