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Nesting Bird Advice

Its that time of year again when birds start to find nest sites where they can rear their young. Most birds will nest well away from climbing crags but you should always be aware of the possibility that a bird could be nesting where you want to climb.

As a responsible climber, you should be aware that it is an offence to interfere with the nest of any wild bird, or obstruct a bird from using it; either intentionally or recklessly.

Some rare or more endangered species such as the Golden Eagle and Peregrine Falcon have increased levels of protection and it is an offence to disturb these birds while they are building a nest or are near a nest containing eggs, young or dependent young.

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland in conjunction with the Raptor Study Groups (which dedicate their time to the monitoring and study of raptors) has agreed a new system to advise members of the location of nesting birds and whether or not it is responsible to climb at a particular crag. Martin Hind, the East Ross Ranger and UKClimbing moderator for Creag Glas, Moy Rocks etc came up with the idea for the new system.

This system can, however, only operate for those crags where we have information and therefore you should always be vigilant of the potential disturbance of birds at any crag where you might climb.

Please also help other climbers by notifying the MCofS of any birds nesting on a crag or of their absence from notified crags.

The following is the system of notification:

Crag marked red : Birds known to be nesting on this crag. Please stay away and find an alternative climbing venue until young have left the nest.

 

Crag marked amber : Birds known to be in the area. May be scoping out nest sites or building nest. Please avoid this crag until further information is available to avoid disturbance during this critical time.

Crag marked green : No known nesting birds. Climbing OK but proceed with caution between February and end of July.

Crags with no colour - no information at this stage. Please proceed with caution.

Current Nesting Bird Information

Last update 11 May 2016

 

 

Crag

Specific Climbs

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Sron Ulladale, Harris

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Barkeval, Rum

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Moy Rock, near Contin

Raven's Nest

Black Streak

Pyramid

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Meig Crag, Strathconon

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Creag a Ghlastail, Strathconan


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Creag Ghlas, Strathconon

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Sgurr Mor Fannich

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The Camel, Creag nan Clag, near Duntelchaig

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Rockdust Crag near Pitlochry

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Glen Lednock - Hideaway Crag


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Glen Lednock - Carcase Wall, South Buttress



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Glen Lednock - Lunar Buttress

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Lower Lednock, Comrie

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Craigmore, Crieff

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Loudoun Hill

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Glen Ogle

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Clints of Drumore

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Binnean Shuas

East side of crag

"The Fortress Direct"

"Ardanfreaky"

"Use of weapons"

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Glen Afton

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Creag na h Eighe, Tulliemet

 

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Meikle Ross, Dumfries and Galloway

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Rockdust, Perthshire

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Stag Rocks, Loch Avon

Longbow Crag

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Portobello Bay Cliff and Sea Buttress, Mull of Galloway

Limpit Area

Angus Glens


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Coire Bonhard



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Winter Corrie


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Coire Fee

Erne Craigs



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Craig Maud


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Juan Jorge

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Canness Glen

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Caenlochan / Glas Maol

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The Hunt Hill

For further information and advice please check the nesting bird advice leaflet here.