City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Free open day at Edinburgh reserve Saturday 3 May 2008

By Editor - Posted on 28 April 2008

Wildlife Trust


immediate use: Monday 28 April 2008

open day at Edinburgh

3 May 2008

The Scottish
Wildlife Trust (SWT) will hold a free open day at its Bawsinch and Duddingston
Wildlife Reserve on Saturday 3 May 2008 from 10.30 am until 4.00 pm. The
reserve is 3 kilometres from
the centre of Edinburgh at the southern end of Holyrood Park and from
the comfort of the Connel Hide, visitors will be able to observe some of the
inhabitants of Duddingston Loch as well as enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Julian Warman, SWT’s Reserve Manager for the Edinburgh area said: “By May most migrant birds have arrived and this
should be an excellent opportunity to both observe and listen to the songs of
both migrant and resident birds.
As well as watching from the
Hide there will be
guided walks around the reserve which will give an insight into the wildlife
and the habitats in which they live including the woods, scrub land, marsh and
ponds. This free day will be a great experience for those who enjoy being out
in the great outdoors and exploring nature.”

Bawsinch and Duddingston Loch together form a haven for many forms
of wildlife in the heart of Edinburgh. Home to a number of notable
bird species including water rail, great crested grebe, tufted duck,
mute swan and mallard breed as well as sedge warblers. A large number of
wildfowl winter also winter here. There are a number of nationally scarce
plants on the reserve including tufted loosestrife, slender-leaved pondweed and
needle spike rush, as well as many Scottish and locally scarce plants. Otter
and water vole have been spotted.

1. Bawsinch and Duddingston Wildlife Reserve is open from 10.30
am until 4.00 pm on Saturday 3 May 2008. The reserve lies 3 km from the centre of Edinburgh,
at the southern end of Holyrood
Park. Please enter from the bend on Duddingston Road West Admission is free. Sturdy
footwear is recommended. There is no disabled access available on-site.

2. SWT is the largest voluntary body working for all the wildlife of Scotland, representing more than
30,000 members who care for wildlife and the environment. SWT seeks to raise public awareness of threatened habitats and species and manages
over 120 reserves Scotland-wide.


Julian Warman, Reserve
Manager Central East, SWT

Tel: 0131 312 4775 or email: