Loch Leven NNR - Mill Hide Rebuild

Rebuild the Mill Hide - progress and updates

This page is to keep everyone updated with progress on the Mill Hide project.

Locals and visitors alike were devastated to learn that the award-winning Mill Hide was burnt down in February. Encouraged by many offers of support from the community, NatureScot launched an appeal to help fund the replacement which has raised almost £30,000. This is an amazing effort by local business and the community which highlights how important Loch Leven is to both the Kinross Community and visitors near and far, and we now aim to rebuild the hide in 2021.

We would like to thank local businesses, particularly Loch Leven Brewery for its special edition Phoenix Beer, developed to raise funds for the hide, and Pizza Via for their great fundraising raffle, as well as recognise the collective efforts of the community through sponsored events and raffles, and the very generous donations from benefactors including the William Grant Foundation.

Update November 2021

Nature Scot are pleased to announce that following the massive local fundraising effort and generous donations received we have now been able to successfully appoint a contractor to take forward the rebuild of the hide. The contract has been awarded and the timber is now ordered. However the current timber shortages and extended lead in times for materials have meant that the contractor does not expect to be able commence works on site until mid-March 2022. Much of the structure will have been prefabricated off site by this time which will speed the on-site build . The ‘Phoenix Hide’ will rise from the ashes soon after, ready for the many thousands visitors to the NNR to enjoy its shelter and great views out over the loch and its wildlife once again.

While the Rebuild the Mill Hide fund has now closed anyone can still donate to the reserve and future projects through our MyParkScotland account and selecting Loch Leven NNR.

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