Improve your bird ID skills this autumn!

Due to popular demand we are offering another Birdwatching for Beginners Course with experienced local ornithologist Scott Paterson, on Sunday 9th October from 10:30am-4:30pm.

This one-day course aims to provide an informal and enjoyable introduction to birds and birdwatching. Aimed primarily at beginners, by the end of the day participants will be able to use binoculars, confidently identify common birds and most of all have enjoyed themselves!

The course will be led by Scott Paterson, a local birdwatcher and the county bird recorder for Perth and Kinross who has previously worked as a nature reserve warden and site manager for twelve years. Scott now operates his own wildlife surveying and guiding business.

The day will be divided into two parts with as much as possible taking place outside. There will be brief and informal indoor sessions, followed by longer practical outdoor sessions where we put our knowledge into practice.

Here’s some of the feedback we received from the courses that ran earlier in the year:

“Scott was very knowledgeable and the course was very good for those starting out in the birdwatching field”

“Scott has a charming, friendly manner, and is an excellent communicator, full of enthusiasm”

“Scott covered all the aspects I was looking for, in particular his knowledge of birding is excellent and very informative”

Booking is essential and places limited so call the visitor centre ASAP to secure a place.


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Remember the week-day road closures near Lowes

Starting tomorrow, for the next 2-3 weeks, the council will be working on the road between Dunkeld and Loch of the Lowes. As many of you will know, this is a steep, bendy road with pot-holes and a badly rutted surface so it is in dire need of attention. 

A drain is being installed which means the main road from Dunkeld to Loch of the Lowes (A923) will be closed on week days from 19th September for 2 to 3 weeks

Please note – the road will be open over week-ends.

Throughout this period Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre, Hides and Reserve are open for business as usual. 

If you wish to visit on a week day please take the alternative route (Boat Road) via the A984 from Dunkeld to reach us.

For further information on the alternative route, please follow the link below.

We are bracing ourselves for it being quieter here but hope to see some of you!


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Update on FR3: 15th September 2016

With this season’s batch of osprey fledglings having safely departed on their maiden migrations our thoughts turn back to last year’s progeny, FR3.

When we last checked in with our young osprey at the end of July, he had moved further inland along the Gambia river from Bulok, which had been home for over 8 months, towards Kassagne and the Bintang Bolon.

The area appears to have been to FR3’s liking as he has settled here for the time being at least.

FR3's activity between 24th August and 14th September ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

FR3’s activity between 24th August and 14th September ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

As you can see from the latest satellite imagery above, most of FR3’s activity during the past few weeks has been in and around the mangrove swamps of the Bintang Bolon to the south-east of Kassagne.

He has made a few short trips NE along the bolon (creek) on a couple of occasions and over 28th and 29th August went on an extended loop of around 12 miles (20km) in length towards Karanai, following the network of waterways back to his core area.

This photo gives you an impression of what the area is like – quite difference to what FR3 grew up with at Loch of the Lowes!



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An evening with Charlie Phillips: On a Rising Tide

Coming up next month we have a very special evening event taking place at the Birnam Arts Centre.

On 9th October at 7.30pm we are delighted to be joined by dolphin behavioural expert and renowned photographer Charlie Phillips.

Charlie, who is based near Inverness, works for Whale & Dolphin Conservation as their Adopt a Dolphin Field Officer. The waters of the Moray Firth are home to the UK’s only resident population of Bottlenose dolphins, many of whom have been identified as individuals through decades of research and observation. As well as being a brilliant wildlife and landscape photographer, Charlie is also an expert on bottlenose dolphin behaviour and each year communicates the incredible story of their lives to thousands of people of all ages. He’s just recently published a book entitled ‘On a Rising Tide’ – A photographic celebration of Britain’s largest Bottlenose Dolphins.

His talk of the same name will undoubtedly feature many of the amazing images contained within the book and signed copies will be available to purchase at the end of the evening.

Tickets are on sale now from the Birnam Arts Centre box office in person, by phone (01350 727674)  or online. They will also soon be available from Loch of the Lowes.

Priced at £10 Adults, £8 Concessions (Over 60’s, Disabled, Students, Unwaged), £5 U-16s

The evening is a joint fundraiser between Loch of the Lowes and Birnam Arts and we would like to express our gratitude to Charlie Phillips for generously donating his time free of charge in aid of the two charities.

You can find more information about Charlie on his website


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What a difference a month makes

In the last month we have seen our osprey family leave their summer home, one by one.

The unique cries of insistent young ospreys demanding food has been replaced by the calls of greylag and canada geese muffled by rustling leaves jostling in the breeze. Red squirrels are now taking centre stage, with tufted ducks vying with goosander and grebe for attention on the loch. A statue-like heron hunts in the shallows whilst a cormorant stands on a rock at the promentory, eyeing the choppy water with wings half spread. Beautiful in every season, Lowes is gently moving into autumn.

How quickly the seasons are changing but here’s a reminder of the heady days of summer at Loch of the Lowes.

KP1 ascending from the nest © Brian Taylor

KP1 ascending from the nest © Brian Taylor

This week-end we are running Discover Diving Ducks – lots of fun and fascinating facts for children and adults alike.


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Make a splash at Loch of the Lowes this weekend!

This weekend is the latest in our series of family fun days – Discover Diving Ducks!

How deep does a duck dive? How long can it stay under water? Discover the answer and look for ducks on the loch. There’ll be games and quizzes for children of all ages. Suggested donation for activities – £2 (normal visitor centre admission charges apply).

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