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Birnie Loch, Collessie

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Birnie Loch is located in North East Fife, Scotland, adjacent to the crossroads between the A91 and B937 roads. It is entirely artificial in nature, being a flooded pit formerly used for the extraction of sand or gravel.
The extraction company decided to present the exhausted flooded pit to the local authority as a potential public resource. A competition was held to name it, and the name Birnie Loch was proposed by a local schoolgirl.

This piece of water was the first in a series of such in the immediate vicinity to be so presented to the community, and the (younger) neighbouring Gadden Lochs have become a wildfowl preserve, complete with an observation hut for birdwatchers. Birnie Loch is also a preserve, but public access to the banks is not fenced off as it is for most of the neighbouring waters for the benefit of breeding birds.

It has now matured into a small loch of albeit semi-cultivated appearance, and has been colonised by many varieties of wildlife including birds, fish, invertebrates, and water-loving plants of many sorts.

The loch was Supreme Winner in the 1994 Scottish Environmental Regeneration Awards, the 1997 UEPG European Restoration Awards, and the 1998 Quarry Products Association Restoration Award.
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  • Gentle walk on well kept paths. As a person with limited mobility using a stick this is a very pleasing route with lovely views and lots of good quality benches located around the lochs. Chose a... 
    Gentle walk on well kept paths. As a person with limited mobility using a stick this is a very pleasing route with lovely views and lots of good quality benches located around the lochs. Chose a...  more »
  • So tranquil and peaceful. Wonderful place for photography. Not a huge car park but well maintained. Could do with eco toilets though!! 
    So tranquil and peaceful. Wonderful place for photography. Not a huge car park but well maintained. Could do with eco toilets though!!  more »
  • An artificial lake along the A91. It’s a free growing area of trees and grass, and populated by various wild-fowls and even some fishes too. I did a circular path around the two halves of the lake... 
    An artificial lake along the A91. It’s a free growing area of trees and grass, and populated by various wild-fowls and even some fishes too. I did a circular path around the two halves of the lake...  more »
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  • Lovely place for a walk. Lots of wildlife in the area. We saw a newt, frog and lots of birds.
  • An artificial lake and free growing area of trees and grass, and populated by various wild-fowls and even some fishes too. There's two circular paths around the two halves of the lake, but it’s also possible to take a shortcut along the path that bisects the lake. Much of the walk is through woodlands and nature reserve. On a dry sunny day, it's a great walk punctuated by views of the lake, tree lined paths and wildlife. Most of the paths are well maintained.
  • Short walks around the two lochs. Nice surroundings and suitable for a short walk as to go round both takes approximately 25 minutes at a very leisurely pace
  • Absolutely beautiful place to visit nice walks with plenty seats beautiful swans and wild life to look for
  • Beautiful walk and next to Fife Zoo

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