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, with very generous donations from benefactors.

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Now our thoughts have turned to the rebuild and we have appointed the same award winning architects Icosis to be involved.

The existing foundations have survived intact and will be re-used.

The hide’s purpose remains the same –to let visitors view Loch Leven and its internationally important numbers of ducks, geese and swans without causing disturbance. The hide and the approach path will separate the path and people from the birds on the loch to prevent scaring the wildlife.

Update 22 July 2021

Plans have been submitted for planning permission. The hide will look very similar to the original but with a more open back for better coverage by a security camera from the Todd & Duncan Factory. The external finish of the hide will not be altered however there will be a transparent fire retardant applied to all timbers.  Potential contractors are now being approached for tenders to carry out the work, NatureScot will have a better idea of timescales once these have been received but indications are that shortages of timber and other Covid/Brexit factors may impact upon the timetable for rebuild.

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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