Wildlife & Nature in Loch Lomond
From the wonderful Highland Cows to returning ospreys and beautiful red squirrels, the National Park is rich with wildlife and nature. There are great efforts to protect and conserve the wide variety of species in Loch Lomond, with some excellent initiatives to engage locals and visitors with the wildlife and nature in the park.
The RSPB has two reserves in the National Park, the first at Gartocharn has an expanded visitor experience, with pond dipping for children. The other reserve is at Inversnaid, Cruise Loch Lomond operates a special cruise on selected summer days to get you there.
Osprey take the long trip from Africa to hunt the waters of Loch Lomond for fish each summer. At the Lodge Forest Visitor Centre in Aberfoyle you can view osprey's via CCTV in their wildlife room.
Successful initiatives in Balmaha have helped the conservation of the beautiful red squirrels. They've been threatened by their grey cousins, who carry a virus that has proved fatal for many of the reds. In Cowal there a number of locations that provide protection, feeding and viewing of red squirrels. Cormonachan Woodlands, alongside Loch Goil is a good example.
Loch Lomond Nature Reserve
As part of the Tom Weir Statue site 'Weir's Rest' The Friends of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs have produced an information panel to introduce you to the wildlife and nature in Balmaha Bay. It is perfectly located, looking out across Balmaha Bay to the Loch Lomond Nature Reserve, that includes the wonderful Inchcailloch Island.
Wildlife Spotting in The Trossachs
At The Lodge Visitor Centre in Aberfoyle you can see wildlife, either from a hide in the forest or on CCTV at the Visitor Centre. Glen Finglas, close to Brig o' Turk is operated by the Woodland Trust and part of the Great Trossachs Forest. There are excellent walks, including an interactive children's play trail. Finally feed the Highland Coo's that live in the field by Trossachs Woolen Mill at Kilmahog, just outside of Callander. There are more Highland Cows to be found throughout Loch Lomond & The Trossachs.
Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre, Balloch
See eagles, kestrels, owls, buzzards, hawks and falcons can be seen at the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre, at Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch.
Woodlands, Gardens & Villages
There are many ancient woodlands and gardens around Loch Lomond & Trossachs. A special mention for the ancient woodlands of Inchcailloch Island, providing one of the best examples in the National Park of blanket coverage of bluebells in May.
On the Cowal Peninsula you will find Benmore Botanical Gardens, with 120 acres to explore of plants from all over the world. Kilmun Arboretum and Puck's Glen are also well worth a visit. These three places are all close to each other and of outstanding beauty.
Loch Lomond has many beautiful villages with local volunteers working hard to keep them looking picture perfect.
Wildlife & Nature Articles
There are many more excellent examples of places to see wildlife and nature, all across Loch Lomond & the Trossachs. Here are our latest articles, with more coming soon.