The wildlife at The Ecology Centre is varied thanks to the wide range of habitats found throughout the site
The developing and mature woodlands provide a niche for shade tolerant plants and fungi growing among the roots and fallen branches. Creatures large and small hide, feed and hunt in the undergrowth and in the trees themselves. Lichens and mosses grow on the living trees.
Kinghorn Loch is a haven for water-birds and the ponds and marshes on its western bank teem with tiny creatures which feed and shelter among the vegetation. Look out for damselflies skimming above the surface of the ponds during the warmer months.
The meadow grassland is kept long in the summer allowing flowers to bloom and providing a great area for insects and small mammals.
The gardens include many native and other wildlife-friendly plants - look out for bumblebees and butterflies in the warmer months. No pesticides or herbicides are used at The Ecology Centre. Garden pests are discouraged by the use of netting, raised beds and companion plants.
Due to concerns about the damage done to the environment by using peat compost, check out our recipe for Peat free compost! We've got information about ticks and a FREE bird food recipe too:-
Bird food recipe - click here
How to deal with Ticks
Injured or distressed animals or birds
If you wish to report an incident involving an injured or distressed animal, please call the Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999. Please do not email the incident details as the Animal Helpline staff will have key questions to ask you.
Bird watching at The Ecology Centre
Fortnightly recording of the local bird population around Kinghorn Loch took place from 2013 to 2015 by dedicated local volunteer Danny Wallace. The findings, collated by Rena Wallace provide a permanent record of the seasonal fluctuations in the bird population frequenting our site. To view the monthly survey and read the Bird Watch report, please follow the links below.