A new pond-dipping area for visitors has been officially opened at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond near Gartocharn.
The facility will allow people of all ages to discover some of the fascinating creatures that live hidden away underwater at the nature reserve.
Paula Baker, site manager at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond, said: “Spring is a fantastic time of the year at Loch Lomond, with bluebells everywhere, ospreys overhead, red squirrels in the woods, and some very vocal cuckoos making themselves known!
"Down at our new pond dipping pool, we’ve had loads of tadpoles and some large red damselflies emerging too, so there’s plenty to see. We’re looking forwards to welcoming lots of new visitors this summer, and we’ve got some great events coming up for people to take part in."
As well as the pond dipping area, visitors might also notice a few new willow sculptures at the reserve, blending in beautifully with their natural surroundings. These new facilities have all assisted in RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond picking up a three star award from VisitScotland.
The new pond dipping facilities have been funded by the ScottishPower Foundation, which also supported the building of new paths at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond last year.
Ann McKechin, Trustee and Executive Officer at the ScottishPower Foundation, said “We’ve been supporting the work of RSPB Scotland since 2014 and this new multi-use visitor structure at RSPB Loch Lomond will transform access for visitors, including many children, and help them to get even closer to Scotland’s wildlife.
"The RSPB dedication to inspiring a new generation to protect our natural world echoes the Foundation’s commitment to the advancement of environmental protection. It is a shining example of how we can ensure young people can learn about protecting our planet for future generations."
The pond dipping area was designed and managed by WWT Consulting, and built by BLC Ltd.
Go to the RSPB website for more information about the reserve, including details of upcoming events.
For further information and to arrange an interview, please contact: Jenny Tweedie, RSPB Scotland Media and Communications Officer, on 0141 331 0993, or 07899 675131.