".....11.30 at night and I've just come in.... watched the bats, then found the otter playing in the river. Tried to get photos but just got red eyes!!! Got the lamp out to watch it play and saw the (roe) deer in the woods too. amazing night life.....just a shame no-one else saw it with me."
To which her friend replied, "Where d'you live? Farthing Wood?"
|Vane Farm with the Lomond Hills beyond Loch Leven.|
Vane Farm was brilliant in my time with breeding redpolls, tree pipits, pergrines and fulmars. It's even better now with kites and ospreys breeding round the loch and sea-eagles over wintering. All this only half an hour from Edinburgh!
Quite a few of my friends from Paxton have been, or will be, heading north this summer for otters, pine martins and the like so I suggest a quick stop at the Vane on the way to the Highlands might not be a waste of time. Of course, the best time to visit the loch is in winter when the geese are in.