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The various sports and leisure activities are thriving and the number of visitors to Kinghorn Loch continues to grow with each passing year.  Our success is the proof of all the hard work that a lot of people put in over many years and especially the last three. I would like to greatly thank everyone who volunteered their help to make the latest Trust project “Provision of visitor facilities at Kinghorn Loch and its environs” (nicknamed the “Lochside Project”) possible and such a success.  A huge amount has been achieved.  A Final Report is available by request.

This project concentrated on improvements around the lochside area.  Renewing the barley straw rafts in February and piling on the barley straw before any nesting of birds took place was very much a joint effort from all the groups, and the swans, geese and coots have taken great advantage with their nesting.  We have been using barley straw to treat the rampant algal blooms that used to trouble the loch ever since 1999 and this has been highly successful.  The water quality of the loch remains excellent and a much reduced regime of just one loading of barley straw onto four rafts now suffices each year.  The Canoe Club, Sailing Club, Radio Sailing Club and Trust volunteers have worked hard on this over many years.  Once again we thank Banchory Farm for donating the straw.  

The project is now complete.  We have extended the jetty to give additional viewing and waterfront area and the nesting platforms are ready for placement at the head of the loch later in the year, when the birds have brought up their young.  The nesting platforms will also delineate the “Wildlife Area” of the loch to stop boats going any further.  The new car park is proving a big bonus to the clubs holding events, and will be a great asset for the annual “Come and Try” day every May.  The information shed, with board space for all groups to put up posters, to advertise particular events, and pocket holders for information is now completed with a map showing all the facilities, from North Mire to Binnend.

The new pathway named “Woodland Rise” is a big success, with lots of positive feedback and with the addition of signage and information boards it makes an enjoyable walk.  It allows disabled people and young families to have a relaxing walk from the lochside right up to the elevated Rodanbraes Cottage, with wonderful views over Edinburgh, the Troll Bridge and many natural attractions.  Alternatively a circular walk from the lochside and back to the café is on offer.  A beneficiary that seems to particularly like the path is the joggers who now have some lovely circular runs without obstacles, and it is much appreciated.

A new bird booklet has been published.  It slots easily into a jacket pocket.  It is good to have an update of this informative little booklet.  We have also completed a substantial piece of work in the “History of Craigencalt” booklet which is available from the “Barn at the Loch” cafe and other venues.  There are several surprising stories and happenings to be read.

Kirkcaldy Canoe Club is the longest established group at the loch, with more than thirty-five years canoeing at Kinghorn Loch and it continues to thrive well.  The Sailing Club has also been wintering here for a long time.  The Radio Sailing Club now has a weekly session on the loch each Saturday and hosted a championship event in June.  The open water swimmers continue to meet at the loch (from May to September) along with the Canoe Club on Tuesdays.  The Scottish Carp Group has put in a new path down to the area where they fish.  Some large carp were caught and photographed last year.  There are also greatly improved facilities for visitors and sports people, with Craigencalt Farm installing new toilets, and the opening of “The Barn at the Loch” café.  Altogether things are looking very healthy.  The combination of the water, the ducks, wonderful walks and the countryside, with a drop off at the café is attracting more and more people, particularly young families and it is great to see.

The area covered by the Trust, from the loch through Craigencalt woodland and right up to the old Binnend village, has been greatly improved by all our volunteers over a few years with marvellous help from Alcan and our funders and now, with increased numbers of visitors, there is a buzz in the air.  A big thanks once again for all your support.  The Binn village is described in our publication on the Burntisland Oil Shale Works.

Finishing Woodland Rise path Woodland Rise path Swans on the Barley Straw Rafts

Want to volunteer to help with projects ?
Please contact Ron  or 01592 891330

Progressing the new path through woodland

Pipistrelle Bat

The “Lochside Project” (completed 2016)

Project work

Constructing Woodland Rise path

Poppy looking for squirrels on new Woodland Rise path

Swans nesting on the new replacement barley straw treatment rafts

History of Craigencalt’ and ‘Bird Watching Around Kinghorn Loch’ booklets, published as part of the “Lochside” project.