New sea eagle hide opened in Kylerhea

Kylerhea - Eagle and Alison MacLennan and Miranda K

RSPB officer Dr Alison Maclennan and RSPB president Miranda Krestovnikoff pose with a special guest.

A new eagle viewing hide was officially opened on Skye this week as a joint project between the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland and Forestry Commission Scotland.

Situated on the Forestry Commission’s Kinloch Hills estate, the project has seen the creation of a new viewing hide near the car park as well as a trail to the well-established otter hide, picnic benches and toilets.

Local wildlife enthusiasts Andy Law and Jake Butcher have also been appointed by RSPB Scotland to meet visitors and help them spot wildlife, with the new hide offering the chance to see sea eagles, otters, seals and seabirds.

The hide was officially opened by RSPB president Miranda Krestovnikoff on Monday at an event attended by members of the local community and staff and volunteers from Forestry Commission Scotland and RSPB Scotland.

She said: “This outstanding wildlife viewing experience has been made possible due to a partnership between RSPB and Forestry Commission Scotland. Kylerhea is one of the best places to see sea eagles fishing in the wild. It is also a fantastic place to see other wildlife such as otters with their young, seals, golden eagles and dolphins – although, of course, Victor the regularly-visiting sea eagle is acknowledged as the star of the show!

“On behalf of RSPB Scotland I would like to thank the Forestry Commission for all their work in helping to make this project happen and, in particular, to thank Rhuraidh, Callum and Neil from Forestry Commission Scotland who have designed and built the viewing shelter.”

FCS forest district manager Graeme Prest added: “This project has been embraced by the local community and I am very pleased that Andy and Jake are on site to greet visitors to Kylerhea. Their knowledge and enthusiasm is infectious. I hope that the project will help to attract more and more people to this beautiful part of Skye and, of course, to take advantage of the unique opportunity to cross the narrows by means of the Kylerhea ferry, which has been very supportive of the project too.”