On Tuesday 24th April the Islay birdwatching club officially opened the brand new hide on RSPBâ€™s Loch Gruinart reserve. It couldnâ€™t have been a better evening; with beautiful weather, home baking, entertaining calves, active wildlife, and a whisky dram for all.
Islay birdwatchers in front of the newly opened hide at Loch Gruinart
The new hide was built with funding from Argyll & Bute Council through the Landfill Communities Fund, and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The cost of the path leading to the hide was funded by the EU through Interreg IVA. Thank you to those funders for making the hide possible and to everyone who turned up for the evening.
Please come and visit the reserve and see the view from the hide for yourself. Thereâ€™s plenty to see; the spring flowers are all blossoming, the calves and lambs are investigating their new surroundings, and of course the birds are all busy gathering food and nesting material for their families.