Vane Farm is part of the Loch Leven National Nature Reserve on the south shore of Loch Leven. The reserve has a Visitors Centre with five telescopes and binoculars, that can be hired in the shop. There are three hides at the lochside and three nature trails taking in the loch shore, wetlands and surrounding moorland and woods, though not really suitable for disabled visitors. Vane Farm Visitor Centre is open 10 am-5 pm daily, and the trails and hides are open 24 hours a day throughout the year (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and 2 January). Prices (2009): Adults £3, children 50p, concessions £2, family £6 and RSPB and Wildlife Explorer members are free.
A wide variety of wildfowl can be seen on and around the loch, including Tufted, Mallard, Shoveller, Redshank and Oystercatcher. Flock of up to 25,000 Pink Footed Geese can be seen in the Autumn feeding on the marshes around the loch. While Roe Deer, Fox, Stoat, Weasel and many other mammals can be spotted in and around the woodlands.
Vane Farm Reserve consists of a variety of habitats on the shore of Loch Leven, from wetland, marsh, wet grassland, moorland and woodland, all supporting a wide variety of wildlife.
Car: The reserve is sign posted approximately two miles east of Junction 5 of the M90. Once on the slip road take the B9097 and drive for approximately two miles. The nature centre car park is on the south (right) side of the road. Bus: A limited bus service (the 204) runs to the reserve from Kinross (4 miles) on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Best Time to Visit:
All year round but Autumn and Winter for migratory birds.
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Site Managed By:
OS Landranger Map Sheet:
The Reserve ManagerSNHThe PierKinrossKY13 8UFTel: 01577 864439