Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Birnie Loch

On Sunday the Mister and I decided to go for a drive and ended up at Birnie Loch. A man-made lake, Birnie Loch was formally a sand and gravel quarry but when these resources were exhausted the company gifted the flooded pit to the local council. It has now matured into a small semi-cultivated loch and nature reserve and has been colonised by many varieties of wildlife including birds, fish, invertebrates, and plants.

Apart from the great scenery the main feature is undoubtedly the fearless swans who venture right up to the carpark area in hope of some titbits from visitors.

Despite the beautiful, bright, crisp, clear outlook , the weather was bitterly cold and the Loch was mainly frozen over. Although you can walk the mile-long footpath around the water..this was not the day for me to be doing that (having unwisely left my hat, scarf and gloves at home!).
So we retreated to Fife Animal Park next door and had a cup of tea in the cafe. We didn't visit the animal park itself but as cafe reviews go..this one didn't rate high. However, the kids returning from the animal section all seemed happy with what they saw.

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