Loch Ardinning is a picturesque wildlife haven with areas of wetland, woodland 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.
- 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.
The loch is an important wildlife habitat, fishing is not permitted on the loch.
Two walks around the reserve provide plenty of opportunity to appreciate the diversity of habitats and wildlife. The shorter ‘nature trail walk’ is an aggregate path throughout while the longer ‘muir path’ is wilder and wetter and stout footwear is recommended.