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SWT - Loch of the Lowes

This beautiful and peaceful freshwater loch is fringed with fen, reedbeds and semi-natural woodland. Home to many species including red squirrels and woodpeckers, this reserve is the breeding and nesting site of a pair of ospreys. Read our osprey blog for an insight into the daily lives of these magnificent birds.

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February brought in mild weather, with the occasional dusting of snow. This has made our feeding station a popular spot with many of the usual birds. Loch of the Lowes © Chris Cachia Zammit Two greenfinches were spotted in the feeding station, a bird that has become rare in the area...
It’s a grey, chilly day here today. Low cloud shrouding the surrounding hills darkening the sky, while rain showers fall onto soaked grass, splashing where puddles fill hollows. There’s a Scottish word to describe this kind of day: dreich. Despite the weather, the red squirrels, chaffinches, great, coal and blue tits...
Today is World Wetlands DayWorld Wetlands Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of the international importance of all wetlands, from peat bogs to marsh lands, and highlighting the threats that they face. Is-Simar Nature Reserve ©Nadja Tschovikov Wetlands are a magnet to a variety of wildlife, from insects to mammals....

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The mild weather continued to persist into mid-January and then temperatures dropped. This has brought in a big number of chaffinches to the feeding station, with a peak count of 50+.  Yellowhammers are still making a presence, with the highest number being 4. Winter scene © Chris Cachia Zammit On...

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Please vote beaver! We’re delighted that the successful reintroduction of European beavers to Scotland has been nominated for Wildlife Success of the Year in the 2017 BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards. Voting is open until Tuesday 28 February. Original linkOriginal author: jonathan...
Are you looking to do something totally different and highly rewarding this year? How about volunteering for Scotland’s largest charity dedicated to protecting our incredible native wildlife? There are lots of opportunities to volunteer with the Scottish Wildlife Trust wherever you are in the country and Loch of the Lowes is no exception to...

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Hope you all having a good new year. The year at Loch of the Lowes started with very mild weather, this brought in a lot of activity in the feeding station, birds like chaffinches and coal tits are still high in numbers. Yellow Hammers are making a comeback, with a male...

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As 2016 comes to an end, here are the highlights of the year January, February These two months saw us busily preparing activities for the events for the coming season. March In March we had two events, ‘Spring equinox – family fun’ day on the 19th and 20th and a successful...

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You may remember that back in September I got the chance to go to Latvia and learn all about their culture and conservation practices. With the recent news of the success of the beaver reintroduction project and the Scottish Government’s decision to reclassify the species as a native species to Scotland,...
Our young satellite tagged osprey from 2015, FR3, has been settled back into his “home territory” near Bulok in the Gambia for over two months now, having ventured eastwards towards Kassagne and the Bintang Bolon for a period from late July to October. From the latest satellite data you can see that...

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December started off with a bang – a male smew in eclipse plumage, was spotted on the loch swimming close to the hide.  An exciting sighting indeed! Chaffinches and coal tits are still visiting the feeding station in good numbers and feasting from the food provided in the feeding station....
Still looking for that special gift? How about one of these handcrafted dragonflies? At Loch of the Lowes we are selling dragonflies for £9.99 each, beautifully created by our Visitor Centre Assistant, Melissa Shaw. They can come in these different colours: Bronze Purple Green Yellow Lilac Red Handmade Dragonfly. ©Richard Cachia-Zammit...

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Christmas will soon be upon us… are you still looking for that special gift for a loved one? Then look no further! At Loch of the Lowes we have the perfect presents for you. Why not a photo of our ospreys?… Supplied with an easy to use hanging kit, these stunning...

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Ferns with frost. Photo taken by Chris Cachia Zammit November has been mild but still cold, with temperatures sometimes dropping below zero. The cold conditions have increased the number of chaffinches and coal tits visiting the feeding station, due to lack of naturally available food in the countryside. The local great...
Loch of the Lowes has been home to charismatic species including ospreys and red squirrels for decades. Recently a more unusual species took up residence at the reserve when two beavers, part of the wider Tayside population, moved in. The first unmistakable clues were found here in 2012. The felled trees...

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The Loch of the Lowes changes constantly with every season. Here are some photos of the loch in different seasons. Panorama of the Loch in early Spring. Photo taken by Chris Cachia Zammit Loch of the Lowes in Summer. Photo taken by Marion Moore. Autumn colours at Loch of the Lowes....

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As winter approaches more and more red squirrels are visiting the feeding station, Squirrel stashing peanutsPhoto by Chris Cachia Zammit frantically collecting peanuts and hiding them in safe storage spaces for the lean months to come. It’s fascinating to watch them scampering about all over the feeding station, digging little stashes...
As the temperatures are falling lower and lower, increasing numbers of wintering bird migrants are coming to Loch of the Lowes. Sizable flocks of pink footed and greylag geese can be heard flying over, with some stopping off at the reserve for a short break. Redwings and fieldfares can still be seen...

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Autumn colours at Loch of the Lowes. Photo taken by Chris Cachia Zammit HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! From the Loch of the Lowes team. Reminder that from the 1st of November (tomorrow) we start our winter hours; open Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10:30 till 16:00. Regards Chris Cachia Zammit  Original linkOriginal author: jonathan...

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Two closely related species lay a claim to the title of the UK’s smallest bird – the goldcrest and the firecrest.  However only one of them, the goldcrest, is seen with any degree of regularity in Scotland – the firecrest having a breeding range restricted to SE England. These tiny warblers are a...

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We are pleased to announce that you can now follow what is happening at Loch of the Lowes by just a click of a button. Like and share our new Facebook page. Link to Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Lochofthelowes/ Regards Chris Cachia ZammitOriginal linkOriginal author: jonathan...

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Autumn is famous for its cooling temperatures, shorter days and turning leaves. The changing of the seasons is an important trigger for many behavioural and physiological changes in our native wildlife to help them prepare for winter. For some, like our red squirrels it acts as a warning, spurring them on...
Global climate change and the degradation of ecosystems through resource depletion are two of the biggest challenges that our planet currently faces. As much as we may not wish to, the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s operations are contributing to this. Consequently the whole organisation is committed to reducing, where possible, the detrimental impacts of our...

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I’m pleased to confirm that the visitor centre is now open, and will remain open as usual until 5pm.  Original linkOriginal author: jonathan...

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Due to unforeseen circumstances the visitor centre will not be opening at 10am this morning. The observation hide is open so you can still come down and enjoy the spectacular autumn colours and waterbirds on the loch. We will let you know if we are able to open later in the day....
Another quiet autumn day at Loch of the Lowes I thought, when I arrived on Monday and looked out of the hide and across the loch. Rain was falling, mist rolling in – dreich indeed. The ‘usual suspects’ greeted me – by totally ignoring my presence – and I settled in...
There will be a fabulous full moon tonight, a Hunter’s Moon. It will rise 20 minutes earlier than a usual moonrise and appear to be glowing orange. This is the first full moon after the autumnal equinox but because it appears on the horizon unusually soon after sunset, the daylight seems...
Writing about magical animals can lead to a lot of research into real animals. I’ve often written about imaginary animals – dragons, phoenixes, centaurs, selkies – which gave me the freedom to make up physical attributes and unusual behaviours. But recently I’ve been writing a trilogy in which many of characters...
Loch of the Lowes has taken on a very autumnal feel over the past few weeks with signs of the changing season increasingly evident. With the leaves on the trees gradually losing their green chlorophyll, they are transforming into a vibrant kaleidoscope of golds, yellows, reds and burnt oranges. Eventually falling to the ground, children...

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This evening (Sunday 9th October) at the Birnam Arts Centre, Charlie Phillips will be talking about the Bottlenose Dolphins in the Moray Firth. This will not only be fascinating (fact-wise) but it is also a fabulous opportunity to see Charlie’s stunning photographs. Please come along and join us (most of the...
This Sunday evening at 7.30pm a very special event will be taking place at the Birnam Arts Centre, in aid of Loch of the Lowes and the Birnam Arts charity. We are delighted to be joined by dolphin behavioural expert and renowned photographer Charlie Phillips. Charlie, who is based near Inverness, works...

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Recently I got the opportunity to go to Latvia through ARCH Network with Erasmus+ funding as part of a learning experience geared towards expanding the knowledge of culture in another country and comparing conservation practices to Scotland. Whilst in Latvia we learned everything from how to identify tracks from wolves, moose...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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Further to our earlier blog regarding the forthcoming weekday closure of the A923 between Dunkeld and Loch of the Lowes (see post here), Perth & Kinross Council have now commenced a programme of road improvements on the stretch of the A923 between Blairgowrie and Loch of the Lowes. Works will be...

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Getting osprey withdrawal symptoms already?… we have the perfect antidote!… Chris’ osprey canvases! Supplied with an easy to use hanging kit, these stunning images have proven to be extremely popular and would make an excellent addition to any room in your house, allowing you to enjoy the magnificent sight of an...

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The last couple of mornings a sound which has become very familiar to us over the last few months has been missing. KP2’s incessant calling has ceased (he hasn’t been seen or heard since Monday) and we now feel it is safe to assume that our final fledgling has departed on his maiden...

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After a brief absence this morning KP2 and LM12 have been sitting in our Silver Birch tree all day. Giving a great view to visitors in the Hides, KP2 sat at the top calling for fish, apart from a couple of attempted fishing trips, while LM12 perched in the branches below...
The webcam is back up and running now. Melissa Shaw Visitor Centre AsisstantOriginal linkOriginal author: jonathan...

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Our webcam is currently down due to a power outage. We will have it back online as soon as possible. Melissa Shaw Visitor Centre AssisstantOriginal linkOriginal author: jonathan...
Unfortunately this evening’s Bat Walk & Talk has been cancelled due to lack of bookings. Our next event will now be our “Discovering Diving Ducks Family Fun Days” on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September. Original linkOriginal author: jonathan...

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Visitor Dennis Gentles who was here last Saturday has very kindly sent us this fantastic photo of KP1 in flight over the loch and agreed to let us share it with you. KP1 flying past the reeds on the north side of the loch ©Dennis Gentles Many thanks Dennis! KP2 has...

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Our other young female osprey, KP1, has left Loch of the Lowes and is now heading south. She was last seen two days ago (24th August). The male (LM12) is still keeping an eye on the last remaining chick (KP2), who continues to often sit on the nest calling for a fish. Don’t...
Around Loch of the Lowes, the hills are shrouded in mist, scarlet berries glisten on rain soaked rowan trees; autumn is approaching. The weather forecast is looking good for the Bats Event on Saturday. Join Charlotte, the Perthshire Ranger, on Saturday evening to hear about bats and then have a great...
KP0 has almost certainly left Loch of the Lowes on her migration south to West Africa. Her absence was noticed on Monday 22ND when the other chicks were seen on the nest calling out for fish. We would expect to see all chicks present in this situation, as they will happily...
This is just to give advance notice of roadworks which will affect visitors approaching us from Dunkeld.  We will be open as usual, 7 days a week, 10am-5pm throughout this period. The main road from Dunkeld to Loch of the Lowes (A923) will be closed for maintenance from 19th September for 2 to...

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  The crows have been at it again, this time targeting KP2 and his fish. KP2 barely had time to take a bite of his fish in between attacks. Often the crow tag-teamed and whilst one was distracting KP2 at the front, the other came creeping up behind him in an...

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This morning I arrived to find KP1 on the nest with the crow, neither bird seemed particularly wary of one another and in fact seemed to tolerate each other’s presence for 5 or so minutes before another osprey (presumably LM12) chased the crow off the nest and across the Loch. Recently...
This coming Sunday from 2-3pm we have the latest in our series of summer talks. Maltese EVS volunteer and bird photographer, Chris Cachia Zammit, shares his birding experiences on the island through his stunning photography. Malta has a wide range of birdlife including many species not commonly seen in the UK, particularly during...
We can now confirm that the female Osprey (LF15) has left Loch of the Lowes and started her journey towards Africa. She left on Saturday morning, when the wind decreased and the weather improved. Female osprey LF15 at Loch of the Lowes 2016 © Scottish Wildlife Trust Meanwhile the young ones...
While it is still too soon to say for certain, it would appear our female osprey, LF15, has headed off on migration. There has been no sign of her all day while all three juveniles and the male have been clear to see, either perched in their favourite trees or on...

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Looking for a new pair of binoculars or thinking of splashing out on a scope? Come to Loch of the Lowes this Sunday for our Optics Fair! An expert representative from Opticron will be on hand between 10am and 4pm, with an extensive range of binoculars and scopes for you to try...
We’ve seen all of our osprey family today so there are still no departures at present. As I write all three chicks are on the nest, perhaps in anticipation of a fish delivery from LM12? He was seen earlier this morning in tandem with the female (LF15) chasing off an intruding...

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Our EVS (European Voluntary Service) volunteer and resident wildlife photographer, Chris Cachia Zammit, recently captured another stunning image of our male osprey, LM12, carrying a fish which he had just caught in front of the hides. We are offering for sale a print of this image in addition to the two previously...

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Thank you all for your patience, the webcam is now working correctly. Laura Visitor Centre AssistantOriginal linkOriginal author: jonathan...
Due to technical difficulties we have been experiencing problems regarding streaming of the osprey nest camera. We are aware of this issue and are doing our best to remedy this. Your patience and understanding is much appreciated. We will update you as soon as the camera is back in order, have a lovely...

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We still have all five of our ospreys at Loch of the Lowes. The female (LF15) will be the first to leave on migration. Last year, she flew away on 7th August so we are making the most of seeing her at the moment. The male (LM12) didn’t leave until the...
This year marks 150 years since the author and illustrator Beatrix Potter was born. Miss Potter was much more than a writer of children’s books. She brought wildlife and the countryside alive through the delightful adventures of her characters: rabbits, red squirrels, frogs, hedgehogs, ducks and many others. Potter was a...
Last week a very interesting article was published on the Scottish Wildlife Trust website as part of our 50 for the Future series of guest blogs which outline 50 things that we believe should happen in Scotland over the next 50 years to benefit both people and wildlife. The subject of this particular...
Over eight months of relatively little activity has finally come to an end for FR3. During the past fortnight our young osprey, fledged from the nest at Loch of the Lowes in 2015, has been travelling east from “home” on the bolon (creek) near Bulok, revisiting places last seen in October. FR3’s movements between 9th &...
Garry at Perth Museum Yesterday, Loch of the Lowes’ team took part in ‘Go Wild’, a children’s activity with the aim to make children more aware of the Scottish wildlife that can be spotted in Perthshire and in the highlands. The activity was held and organised by Perth Museum. A good number of...
This coming Sunday afternoon, Hebe Carus from Scottish Wildcat Action will be giving a fascinating talk on the plight of one of Scotland’s most endangered mammals and what is being done to save them from extinction. The talk which is from 2-3pm is free to attend but donations to Scottish Wildcat Action are...
No, you haven’t been imagining and empty nest – our third thick has finally flown the nest! KP2 fledged on Saturday morning just before we arrived on site at around 9.10am. He was seen awkwardly flying around the big silver birch tree before landing again, strengthening the muscles in his wings in preparation for...

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Apologies for the disruption to the webcams over the weekend. This was caused by a power cut. Both cameras are now back up and running. Osprey webcam: http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/things-to-do/wildlife-webcams/loch-of-lowes/ People’s Postcode Lottery Squirrelcam: http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/things-to-do/wildlife-webcams/loch-of-lowes2/Original linkOriginal author: jonathan...
Discover your inner red squirrel at Loch of the Lowes this Sunday, with squirrel expert Ken Neil from Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels. Ken will be giving illustrated talks in the Crannog Hide between 11am and 4pm, with the latest news on how the project to save one of Scotland’s most iconic mammals is going....

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In case you missed either of them, videos of KP0 and KP1’s fledgings are now available on the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Youtube channel.  Original linkOriginal author: jonathan...

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I’m delighted to be able to report that a short time ago at 11.31 we had our second fledging in as many days, with KP1 taking her first flight. Will KP2 be close behind? Stay tuned to the webcam to find out! JonathanOriginal linkOriginal author: jonathan...

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At 11.32am this morning, 11th July, our osprey chick KP0 flew off the nest for the first time! After several circuits of powerful flight over the loch, directly infront of the hides, she made a perfect landing back on the nest. So … which of the other two young ospreys will...
Over the last few days our three osprey chicks have been practising their wing flapping, stretching, hopping and helicoptering. Yesterday’s blustery winds and sudden gusts caused great hilarity and gasps of mixed relief and horror from their audience when it looked as if they were about to be swept off the...

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The latest satellite data for FR3 covering the period from 27th June to 4th July, shows little change in our young osprey’s activity until the last couple of days. FR3’s activity between 27th June and 4th July 2016 Up to 3rd July FR3 was only making very localised movements around the area to the...
This weekend why not delve into the magical world of bees, butterflies and other vitally important pollinators? Get helpful hints to attract them to your garden. There will be lots of crafts, quizzes and more to keep the children entertained and there’s no need to book – just turn up! The...

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Having said in my blog post yesterday that we hadn’t managed to get any photos of the great crested grebe with her chicks, lo and behold I’ve been sent this lovely image of the new mum with her offspring by one of our volunteers Marion who was on duty in the...

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This afternoon I’ve spent some time in hides catching up on what’s been happening with our osprey family, and the other incredible wildlife we have here at Loch of the Lowes. It’s amazing how fast the chicks have grown in such a short space of time, and hard to believe that in...
A few days ago, our three young ospreys were ringed and this prompted queries regarding whether we would be fitting satellite trackers on them as well. We will not be fitting satellite trackers. The main reasons are the large expense and relatively limited data collected by using the trackers. After a...
It’s hard to believe that our chicks are already at the right age and size to be ringed – it only feels like yesterday when we were all glued to the camera watching the first chick hatch back in May! But for the ospreys at Loch of the Lowes, yesterday was...

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We are happy to announce that late on this afternoon our chicks were successfully ringed Blue KP0, KP1 and KP2. Our ringer did a fantastic job carrying out the work quickly and quietly while both parents remained nearby. The female was the first to return back to her chicks, and our...

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After rather a long wait today, the female and three chicks were finally treated to an enormous fish brought in by the male, at around lunchtime. Although content for a while, our resident female, true to form, was soon shouting for another fish. The male dutifully soared over the loch, hovered...
We are delighted to share these photos of a Red Squirrel, taken by an Australian visitor using the One Man Hide that Loch of the Lowes rents out to photographers. Red Squirrel @John Tiddy Red Squirrel @John Tiddy Red Squirrel @John Tiddy On another note…. This morning we had a wee...

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Here are some lovely photos taken by visitors to Loch of the Lowes who have kindly sent them to us to share. You may remember we had an intruding osprey flying over the nest a few weeks ago which had a Tracker and a Blue ring. While we have not been...
We have been very fortunate over the past few months to have Chris Cachia Zammit working with us, through the European Voluntary Service (EVS) programme. Amongst his other talents, Chris is an excellent wildlife photographer and has captured some great images of the ospreys and other wildlife on the reserve. We...

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A quick update on FR3 who remains settled in the Gambia. Over the past few weeks FR3 hasn’t ventured far beyond the confines of the bolon (creek) to the north of Bulok. The exception to this was over the afternoon of 26th May when our young osprey made a quick circuit...
What a change in the weather! Instead of wall to wall sunshine, barely a breeze shimmering on the water’s surface and lazy, dusty days of fluttering butterflies and birdsong – the rain has arrived. Thunderstorms brought the first wave of thick billowing cloud, and when this moved through we were allowed...
The male osprey is frequently fishing on the loch, close to the double decker hide. This is giving great opportunities for visitors and wildlife photographers to see the male, up close and personal. LM12 fishing ©Vanessa Coldwell After three weeks the osprey chicks have changed a lot and grown in size,...
We are delighted to report that the electricity is now back on at Loch of the Lowes and the osprey nest webcam is back up and running. The Visitor Centre will be open again tomorrow morning (1st June) as usual, 10.am-5pm. The volunteers on duty in the Hides today were treated...
Please remember, Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre will be closed on Tuesday 31st May. This is due to the electricity being shut off by Scottish and Southern Energy to allow a new transformer to be put in place at East Fungarth, Dunkeld.  The webcams will also be down all day...
Loch of the Lowes is a good place to photograph Red Squirrels. The feeding station gives a unique close up opportunity to photograph the Red Squirrels in their natural state…. And if you wish for that “bit closer” photo… why not rent out the One Man Hide? Contact the Visitor Centre...
Today started warm and sunny, filled with peaceful birdsong and a gentle breeze stirring the white blossom of the bird cherry trees. Then the fun and games started. Two intruder ospreys (possibly a pair) attempted to land on the nest before being seen off several times by LM12. One of the...
Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre will be closed on Tuesday 31st of May (next Tuesday) due to the electricity being shut off by Scottish and Southern Energy. This is to allow a new transformer to be put in place at East Fungarth, Dunkeld. Unfortunately, this will mean a full closure of the...

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It was a fantastic day at Loch of the Lowes yesterday, with the hatching of our third and final egg of the season. Despite its shell being half encased by that of an older sibling’s, our newest chick managed to emerge allowing us to catch our first glimpse shortly after 1pm....
Here are links to videos of the third chick which have just been released on the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s YouTube channel: First look at third chick Third chick emerges from egg Third chick getting a first feed Enjoy! JonathanOriginal linkOriginal author: jonathan...
At 1:14PM today we caught our first, brief glimpse of our third chick, having successfully broken free of its egg. However, LF15 very quickly sat down on the chicks, and in shuffling the egg shell pieces hid the newest addition to our osprey family from sight. Our first glimpse of the third...
We are delighted to announce that at 9:15AM today, after LM12 had brought in a brilliant rainbow trout for LF15 to feed herself and the chicks, it was noticed that we have a crack in the third egg, beneath the other egg shell which has been covering it and the cause...
With thanks to Val Gall for these stunning shots  from yesterday (21st May)- a picture tells a thousand words! Male osprey seeing off the crows, Loch of the Lowes © Val Gall Male Osprey seeing off the crows at Loch of the Lowes © Val Gall Crow in Male Osprey’s talons...
As if LM12 hasn’t got enough work to do providing fish for his partner and another 2 hungry little beaks, in the last day or so he has also had plenty of intruders to deal with! As he returned to the nest yesterday following a successful fishing attempt, he was forced to...
Amid all of the excitement of the last 48 hours we’ve managed to capture some brilliant video footage of our new arrivals which I’m very pleased to be able to share with you. Due to the streaming problems experienced on Wednesday I know that some of you missed out on seeing the first...
With our second chick hatching at 00:22 this morning it has had a much nicer start than its sibling did, experiencing blue sky and sunshine only hours after first emerging! Due to the much improved conditions, our second chick didn’t have to wait as long for its first meal either. Our...

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