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Nesting bird updates

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.

Golden eagle, Annie MacDonald

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.

Buzzard, Annie MacDonald

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. 

  • Help other climbers by contacting our access officer at access@mountaineering.scot if you have an update about any birds nesting on a crag - or their absence from notified crags.

Latest nesting bird information - spring 2018

We are in the process of updating our crag information for the 2018 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...

Key to guidance:

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.

Schedule 1 birds have been noted at this venue and may be considering a nest site. Climbers should follow our 'bird nesting season' and 'at the crag' advice.

Previous known nesting site, but no Schedule 1 nesting birds have been reported this year, so climbing is unaffected.

Previous known nesting site, but no information received so far this year. Climbers should follow our 'bird nesting season' and 'at the crag' advice.





Caenlochan / Glas Maol


Canness Glen 

                                                                                                                                                         Corrie of Bonhard

                                                                                                                                                         Erne Craigs, Corrie Fee

                                                                                                                                                        Craig Maud


The Hunt Hill 



Winter Corrie 



Glen Afton



Stag Rocks (Longbow Crag)

Central Belt

                                                                                                                                                        Loudoun Hill

Dumfries and Galloway


Clifton Crag


Clints of Drumore






Loch Grannoch Crag


Meikle Ross


Portobello Bay Cliff & Sea Buttress (Limpet area), Mull of Galloway 


The Tauchers

Inner and Outer Hebrides

                                                                                                                                                         Barkeval, Rum

                                                                                                                                                         Sron Uladail, Harris


Torr Nead an Eoin, North Arran

Inverness area


The Camel, Creag nan Clag, near Duntelchaig


Creag a Ghlastail, Strathconon

                                                                                                                                                        Creag Ghlas, Strathconon


Meig Crag, Strathconon

Moy Rock (Fighting off the Vultures, The Old Man of Moy, Moy Bueno, Pebbledash), near Contin


                                                                                                                                                        Binnein Shuas (The Fortress Direct, Ardanfreaky, Use of Weapons), near Loch Laggan

                                                                                                                                                          Dirc Mhor, near Dalwhinnie

Northern Highlands


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

                                                                                                                                                           The Gap, Sunny Side, Glen Ogle

                                                                                                                                                           The Terraces, Sunny Side, Glen Ogle

                                                                                                                                                           The Gallery, Sunny Side, Glen Ogle

                                                                                                                                                           Creag Mac Ranaich, Glen Ogle

                                                                                                                                                           Craigmore, Crieff


Creag na h Eighe, Tulliemet 

                                                                                                                                                           Rockdust Crag, Upper Tier (Main Crag), near Pitlochry

                                                                                                                                                           Speirean Ruadh, Strath Fionan, near Schiehallion