Breeding Success at RSPB Lochwinnoch
What is now the Barr Loch at RSPB Lochwinnoch used to be a breeding colony of thousands of gulls, but due to changes in water levels over time there is no longer any available island space. The Breeding Success project comprised the installation not only of 2 artificial rafts for breeding gulls, but also 6 vegetated biohavens for great crested grebes and other wildfowl, fish and invertebrates and a new bank for nesting sand martins in order to increase biodiversity on the reserve!
As soon as the rafts were installed birds were making use of them, and now we’re waiting to see what will nest. Our volunteers played a huge role in installing the sand martin bank, and we’ve made a video to help tell people about it:
Did you know?
Great crested grebes perform an amazing courtship dance, facing each other and flicking their heads before rising up to run across the surface of the water together.