About RSPB Loch Lomond

Nature Hub open seven days 10.00am-4.00pm (11.00am-3.00pm in winter)

RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond is a special place for wildlife. Located on the south-east shores of the loch, the site has a variety of habitats from ancient woodlands to wildflower meadows and swampy grasslands. RSPB Scotland has been managing the site in partnership with Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and Scottish Natural Heritage since 2012 to make it an even better home for nature.

The Airey woodland trail winds through the woodlands, past a small pond and out into a field nicknamed 'Orchid Field' because of the amount of orchids found here in the summer. The Viewpoint Path is fully accessible and leads to views of Ben Lomond and Surrounding Hills while overlooking the fen and woodlands of the reserve. The Nature Hub is open 10.00am – 4.00pm (11.00am – 3.00pm in Winter) seven days a week.

If you would like to hire a guide to get a personalised tour then please contact us for more information (May-September, charges apply).

Part of the work we do at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond involves carrying out wildlife surveys. Previous surveys have brought us five spotted crakes (there are only 80 pairs of this secretive bird in the whole of the UK) and the discovery of the rare Great Otter Spider. This spider has not been recorded in Scotland since 1994, so, coming across it here, while on a dragonfly training course, was very special indeed. Other wildlife highlights have been catching glimpses of otters and pine martins on our cameras, witnessing ospreys fishing over the water and watching flocks of wintering geese feeding in the fields on site.

Spring – The woods are full of bluebells, and summer migrants start to return, filling the air with song. Listen out for wood warblers and redstarts.
Summer – Ospreys search for salmon and other fish in the Endrick Mouth. Wildflowers are in bloom. Butterflies including small pearl-bordered fritillary are often seen.
Autumn – Migrating birds, such as ducks, thrushes and waders, stop over to feed on the reserve.
Winter – Greenland white-fronted, greylag and pink-footed geese gather in large numbers to take advantage of the sheltered roosting and feeding sites.

FAMILIES: YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE!  RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond is the ideal place for families to go on an adventure...

Fun, self-guided activities like den building & birdwatching are available at any time, or you can hire one of our explorer backpacks or bug hunting kits (available when Nature Hub is staffed).

Come and explore the underwater world by pond dipping (available when hub is staffed, April until mid-October) £3, £2 RSPB members.

Families are more than welcome on our guided walks. For intrepid explorers we would recommend wellies.

The trails at Nature Hub are suitable for pushchairs.

Prices: Entry to the Nature Hub and trails are free. There are charges for events, guided walks and equipment hire.

To find out more about visiting, volunteering or about any of our work contact us:

RSPB Loch Lomond, High Wards Farm, Gartocharn, Alexandria, G83 8SB

Site Manager: Paula Baker (paula.baker@rspb.org.uk)

Community Engagement Officer: Emma Martinelli (emma.martinelli@rspb.org.uk

Website:  rspb.org.uk/lochlomond

Telephone: 01389 830670


The photographs on the RSPB pages are courtesy of RSPB.

RSPB Scotland is part of the RSPB, the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We also play a leading role in a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

The RSPB is a member of BirdLife International, a partnership of conservation organisations working to give nature a home around the world.

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