New bird hide at Loch Stiapabhat Nature Reserve

Comfort to watch the area's bird life with the new hide at Loch Stiapabhat Nature Reserve
Comfort to watch the area's bird life with the new hide at Loch Stiapabhat Nature Reserve
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Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn are celebrating the completion of the new bird hide at the Loch Stiapabhat Nature Reserve in Lionel.

The new structure provides an exciting new facility for bird watchers at the Reserve which was constructed through the Outer Hebrides Managing Employment, Enterprise and Training programme operated by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

Loch Stiapabhat - a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Protection Area (SPA) - was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 2005: a first for the Western Isles.

As the first fresh water found by bird migrating from Iceland and Greenland in autumn, and the last for those returning in spring, it’s a great place for keen bird-watchers.

Species stopping off during spring and autumn include pink footed geese; whooper swans; teal and wigeon.

And during the summer bird-watchers can also spot dunlin, golden plover and even the often elusive corncrakes.