As a responsible climber, you should be aware that it is a criminal offence to interfere with the nest of any wild bird, or obstruct a bird from using it, either intentionally or recklessly.
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.
Interfering with nesting birds during their breeding season (generally between February and July) is more than undesirable, it is a criminal offence, so we have teamed up with conservationists to give climbers and walkers the information they need to avoid this. Check out our crag by crag updates below.
For many walkers and climbers, encounters with mountain bird life are one of the great highlights of exploring Scotland's hills - whether a sight of a golden eagle soaring or gaining the companionship of an inquisitive raven on your route uphill.
Very few of us would like to think our enjoyment could lead to disturbance or distress for the birds in question, but in the breeding and nesting season, this is a real risk. If you get too close to a nest site while birds are building it, on eggs, or rearing their young, the parents may abandon their nest and have an unsuccessful breeding season.
Every spring, we work closely with Raptor Study Groups (which dedicate their time to the monitoring and study of raptors) and Ranger Services to give climbers up-to-date information on known or likely nesting sites on Scotland's most popular climbing crags, enabling you to plan ahead and avoid these locations as required.
It is a criminal 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, like golden eagles or peregrine falcons have extra protection (Schedule 1 species) 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.
This system can only operate for those crags where we have information - it is not comprehensive - you should always be vigilant of the potential disturbance of birds on any crag where you might climb.
We are in the process of updating our crag information for the 2019 nesting season. While we are doing this, climbers are requested to be aware of the potential risk of disturbance at nest sites during courtship, nest building and egg sitting periods in the early part of the season.
Thank you for your cooperation...
Schedule 1 birds are currently nesting on this crag - please check for specific details of the extent of any voluntary restrictions to buttresses, sections of crags or entire crags, as well as access to them.
Previous known nesting site, but no Schedule 1 nesting birds have been reported this year, so climbing is unaffected.
Caenlochan / Glas Maol
Corrie of Bonhard
Erne Craigs, Corrie Fee
The Hunt Hill
Dun Leacainn Crag, Furnace
Stag Rocks (Longbow Crag)
Creag an Dubh-loch
Loudoun Hill, Darvel, Ayrshire (central wall)
Clints of Drumore
Loch Grannoch Crag
Meikle Ross (on the high cliffs by Limehouse Blues. Slack Heugh routes are ok to climb)
Portobello Bay Cliff & Sea Buttress (Limpet area), Mull of Galloway
Sron Uladail, Harris
Torr Nead an Eoin, North Arran
The Camel, Creag nan Clag, near Duntelchaig (birds nesting nearby, but it is ok to climb in the section in the gully)
Creag a Ghlastail, Strathconon
Creag Ghlas, Strathconon
Meig Crag, Strathconon
Moy Rock , near Contin (Eldorado at the west end of the crag)
Brin Rock (Crag One), near Loch Ruthven (Block Buttress. other routes ok)
Binnein Shuas, near Loch Laggan
Dirc Mhor, near Dalwhinnie
Creag a’Bhancair , Buachaille Etive Mor
Creag Mhor Bhrinicoire , Morar ( "Grand Old Master" on the first pitch)
Sgurr Mor, Fannichs
Old Man's Beard, Creag nan Cadhag Sports Crag, Loch Maree
Bovnahackit, Creag nan Cadhag Sports Crag, Loch Maree
Battle Axe, Creag nan Cadhag Sports Crag, Loch Maree
Lower Lednock Sports Crag, Glen Lednock
Weeping Wall, Glen Lednock
Diamond Buttress, Glen Lednock
New Crag, Glen Lednock
South Buttress, Glen Lednock
Lunar Buttress, Glen Lednock
Superlative Buttress, Glen Lednock
Great Buttress, Glen Lednock
Hideaway Crag, Glen Lednock
The Asteroid, Sunny Side, Glen Ogle (Please take access to other crags from the higher of the two car parks)
The Gap, Sunny Side, Glen Ogle (Please take access to other crags from the higher of the two car parks)
The Terraces, Sunny Side, Glen Ogle (Please take access to other crags from the higher of the two car parks)
The Gallery, Sunny Side, Glen Ogle (Please take access to other crags from the higher of the two car parks)
Creag Mac Ranaich, Glen Ogle
Craigmore, Crieff (at the left end, the bouldering wall and right hand routes are okay)
Dunira, Crieff (on Dunira or Die)
Creag na h Eighe, Tulliemet
Rockdust Crag, Upper Tier (Main Crag), near Pitlochry
Speirean Ruadh, Strath Fionan, near Schiehallion