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“Great place for wildlife” 4 of 5 stars
Review of RSPB Vane Farm Nature Reserve

RSPB Vane Farm Nature Reserve
By Loch Leven, Kinross KY13 9LX, Scotland
01577 862 355
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Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Kinross
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Killin, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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“Great place for wildlife”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

The hides are well constructed and information well displayed. It was good to see a weasel working the stone walls. The centre is welcoming and cafe a useful place to relax.

Visited March 2012
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Pitlochry, United Kingdom
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“Great spotting!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

Loved the new hide - and saw Shelduck chicks and a pair of Shovellers

Visited June 2012
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Elgin, United Kingdom
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“Very nice for gentle walk.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

you could cycle walk jog very nice place ,went to levens larder you can walk to it from the reserve,for coffee and it has fantastic veiws over the loch,but wasnt overall impressed with levens larder,very expensive and bit touristy..

Visited July 2012
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“Becoming more of a coffee stop and shop than a bird place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012 via mobile

Been coming here for a few years but seems to have lost something in the last couple of years. The cafe refurbishment was a let down and the focus is all on the overpriced cafe and shop rather than seeing birds, with less scopes which now are less flexible for viewing the area.
The walks to the hides and up the hill are ok but there are numerous similar places around the area that are better and don't incur a fee! The area around the buildings really is wasted after initially looking like it might have been a good family area when opened.
The volunteers all seem to be around for their own interest rather than greeting visitors and showing and explaining which birds are around to spot. Better to visit the cafe a mile east along the loch (reasonably priced unlike here!) and to find your own spots to get and about to see the local wildlife.
Needs a shake up.

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“Birds in paradise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

On a bright spring day, this was a fantastic family day out.

The reserve is well signposted from the M9, has good parking and a very reasonable entrance fee (£3 for adults, 50p for kids). For a small deposit, you can hire explorer rucksacks for children containing good quality binoculars, a mini beast magnification pot, bird and beastie spotter charts etc and really make an expedition of your trip.

The entrance buildings contain a wildlife-related shop, toilets, exhibition space and a cafe (closed for refurbishment on our trip, but reopening in late Feb). There is also a lovely wildlife garden close by with tips on creating your own bird and bee-friendly habitats at home.

A short walk under the road by tunnel takes you to large and well-equipped bird hides with views over the marshes of Loch Leven. Our little explorers were thrilled to use binoculars to spot water birds and garden birds going past the windows and then looking them up in the books provided. The reserve is undoubtedly bird heaven.

A longer walk (c 1 mile) then took us up through woodland to the top of the hill for great views and more binocular usage. There are ample picnic tables and places to stop to spot wildlife from or rest. The kids especially loved the wigwam of branches hidden in the woods that fitted four of them snugly inside like campers.

There are plans in hand for a children's play area (at present, there's a meadow for romping around in but no specific play equipment) and this, plus a reopened cafe, will really make this a grand day out for nature-lovers.

Visited February 2012
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