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Loch Ardinning Wildlife Reserve

A nature reserve centred on Loch Ardinning in the SW corner of Stirling Council Area, the Loch Ardinning Wildlife Reserve extends to 142 ha (350 acres) and is run by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Gifted to the Trust in 1988 by Dr. Robert Ker, the reserve provides a haven for wintering and breeding wildfowl, most notably tufted duck and whooper swans.

The northern section of the loch is densely populated with reeds, rushes and sedges, which provide a home for invertebrates such as the azure damselfly. To the southwest is a wet wood, or carr, consisting of mature willows, birch and alder. Curlew and black grouse can be found in the moorland areas, while clearings in the woodland provide a habitat for orchids and butterflies.

A marked nature trail extends for a mile (1.5 km) within the reserve.


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