celebrate international dawn chorus day at rspb loch of kinnordy nature reserve
sunday 2nd may is international dawn chorus day, so why not go along to listen to the sounds of spring, learn more about the reserve, and have a sociable breakfast in the hide?
dawn is a great time to get a feel for what is around the reserve as male birds sing to let their neighbours know that they survived the night and ‘no, they can’t have anymore space!' the reserve is full of the sounds of spring, with redshank, lapwing and water rail all making their distinctive calls from time to time so there is plenty for folk to hear.
staff and volunteers are going to be on hand during the day to help visitors appreciate all of the activity taking place at this busy time of year: more birds are returning from africa including sedge warbler, willow warbler, blackcap and whitethroat; ducks (shoveler, gadwall, mallard) are now settling to nest and pairs may be seen with the male ‘on guard’ while the female feeds in a brief rest from incubation. lucky visitors may also catch sight of the osprey fishing on the reserve.
the event starts at 6am and tickets are £3 for adults; £1 for children and free for rspb members.
loch of kinnordy is one mile outside of kirriemuir on the b951, kirkton of kingoldrum road. the reserve is open daily from dawn to dusk and entry is free, although non-members are asked to pay £1 for use of the car park. there are three hides on site which means visitors can enjoy a number of viewpoints across the loch.