Bid to replace Loch Leven bird hide destroyed by fire

An appeal to help fund the replacement of a popular bird hide recently destroyed by fire has been launched.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 1:29 pm
The destroyed bird hide.

NatureScot’s popular Mill Hide on the shores of Loch Leven National Nature Reserve (NNR) was completely gutted in a blaze on February 18.

Encouraged by the many offers of support from the community, the organisation is leading a campaign to raise funds to re-build the hide through MyParkScotland.

The hide, built in 2011 and situated on the edge of Kinross behind the Todd and Duncan factory, had won awards for its architectural design. It was a much-loved place for locals and visitors alike to enjoy some of the best views of the loch and the large numbers of birds congregating on the water.

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NatureScot’s reserve manager Neil Mitchell said: “While it’s gutting to see it destroyed, the response from the community and the general public has been amazing. Given this bird watching site’s popularity and fantastic loch side location, we are determined to replace the hide as soon as possible.”

The charred, skeletal remains of the hide, which was built in 2011 and won two design awards, will be removed in early March. The original hide cost about £35,000 and it’s anticipated the replacement will be a similar cost. NatureScot has some funds available this year, and a significant contribution from the community will allow the Mill Hide to be re-built as soon as possible. To donate, visit – www.mypark.scot/projects/rebuild-the-mill-hide.