Black throated divers are synonymous with the Assynt and Coigach areas.  Black throated divers are classified in the UK as an Amber List species under the Birds of Conservation Concern review, and as a Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. The area’s lochs are breeding grounds for these rare and special birds and offer the opportunity to study them and their habitat.  One such loch is Loch Druim Suardalain near to Glencanisp Lodge, where breeding pairs of black throated divers have successfully raised young over the past few years.  Otters also regularly visit this loch.  A viewing hide here would be easily accessible allowing people of many abilities to watch and learn about the wildlife of the area.

The aims of the project are to:

  • Build a viewing hide providing the means for the public to watch birds and wildlife near Glencanisp Lodge, on the edge of Loch Druim Suardalain.
  • Provide opportunities for local volunteer birdwatchers to record and report any sightings to the Assynt Field Club, to feed into the Natural Heritage Data Project.
  • Develop and display interpretation of the loch’s ecology within the hide.

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