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Paddlers reminded to take care around Osprey buffer zone on Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park are reminding loch users of a buffer zone to protect nesting Ospreys at an island on Loch Lomond.

The buffer zone is in place at the south eastern side of Inchcruin and is marked out by buoys.

During studies of these particular birds, it was observed that one of the activities that can be of disturbance is that of paddlers passing close to the nest site. There have been a small number of occasions in previous years where people have gone inside the buffer zone perhaps unaware that it applies to all loch users. This has potential to disturb the adult birds and put at risk the survival of eggs or young chicks.

Paddlers should be aware that intentionally or recklessly disturbing these birds during nesting times is an offence under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981.  So if you are in this area please make sure that the Ospreys are not disturbed. 

If you have any questions or enquiries regarding this issue, please contact the National Park Rangers at Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway,  Balloch on 01389 722030.