Please note that this reserve has experienced an increasing amount of antisocial behaviour in recent weeks including littering, vandalism and noise pollution. This has left its mark on the reserve and whilst the local Reserves Manager will continue to clear up the mess and repair the damage, the actions of a minority has left this reserve below the standard visitors would normally expect. The Reserves Manager is working with Police Scotland, and we would also like to thank the local residents for their help and support.
Loch Ardinning is a picturesque wildlife haven with areas of wetland, woodland, grassland and moorland. Mature willow, birch and alder thrive in the wetlands along the south west shore and reeds, rushes and sedges fringe the northern shores.
- Chance to spot black grouse
- Colourful butterflies and dragonflies
- Explosions of colour from wildflowers
- User-friendly paths across the reserve
Best time to visit?
- Apr to Sep for butterflies
- May to Aug for wildflowers
- Jun to Aug for water lobelia
- Oct to Mar for wildfowl
The loch is rich in invertebrates, particularly butterflies and dragonflies, and the delicate water lobelia, a local speciality, is in full flower in July.
Two walks around the reserve provide plenty of opportunities for appreciating the wildlife.