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Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has welcomed the inclusion of Loch Leven National Nature Reserve as one of 10 Scottish nature reserves featured in a competition, ‘Get In Tune With Nature’, launched this week by Scottish Natural Heritage and Fèis Rois as part of the celebration of 2020 as the Year of Coasts and Waters. 


Roseanna said:

“The natural beauty, interesting history and peaceful nature of Loch Leven is a perfect setting to inspire creative thinking and I am pleased to be able to welcome and highlight a new competition which has been launched this week by Scottish Natural Heritage.

“The contest is calling on musicians – of any genre, rock, rap, folk, classical, or anything else – to ‘Get In Tune With Nature’ by writing a new piece of music inspired by the coasts and waters of Scotland’s nature reserves, including Loch Leven in my constituency.

“There are 43 National Nature Reserves in Scotland so I am really delighted that Loch Leven has been chosen as one of the ten to inspire entrants for this competition.

“There is a cash prize of £500 to be won but the winner will also be invited to make a film – with a professional film maker – on the nature reserve which inspired their music.

“This really is a great opportunity, particularly for young budding musicians to get their work known and I wish good luck to all who enter.”


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NOTES: The contest opened on 1st March and closes on 31st May, with winners announced on 26th June. It is one of several special SNH events and projects to celebrate our coasts and waters and their wildlife during the themed year and raise awareness of the importance of healthy freshwater and seas.

The 10 National Nature Reserves( NNRs) featured in the competition include Beinn Eighe (Ross-Shire), Caerlaverock (Dumfries), Creag Meagaidh (Lochaber), Forvie (North East), Isle of May (Firth of Forth), Loch Leven (Perthshire), Noss (Shetland Islands), Rum (Inner Hebrides), Tentsmuir (Fife) and Taynish (Argyll).

The competition will be judged by a panel including Gaelic singer, Julie Fowlis; broadcaster, Vic Galloway; Executive Director of the Scottish Music Centre, Gill Maxwell; and singer-songwriter, Karine Polwart.

Entries can be in any style of music, and may or may not include lyrics. References to local culture, language and tradition are encouraged.

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