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A new wildlife hide has opened at Forestry Commission Scotland’s picnic site at Fishnish.
The hide offers views across the Sound of Mull and gives visitors the chance to watch seals, otters, sea eagles, dolphins and porpoises.
At an event to mark the opening Jan Dunlop, for Forestry Commission Scotland, said;
“The new hide should prove popular throughout the year, especially on wet and windy days like today. The hide provides visitors with a little protection from the weather, hopefully allowing families to get outside on rainy days to enjoy our fantastic scenery.
“The weather was against us at the opening ceremony, forcing us inside the hide to find shelter from the wind and rain, but those of us brave enough to venture out to continue the celebrations found 60 hardy members of the local community at the Isle of Mull Rugby Club, it was great to see so much interest and support from the people there.”
Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, RSPB, Mull Otter Group, Tobermory Playpark Group and Mull and Iona Ranger Service all joined the celebrations by providing information on the wildlife typically on view from within the hide and people were kept warm with food from the Crearer Isle of Mull Hotel.
The hide, donated to the community by Laing O’Rourke, Scottish Water and TSL will be managed by Forestry Commission Scotland and the Mull and Iona Community Trust.
Notes to News editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.
2. For news, events and recreation information log on to: www.facebook.com/enjoyscotlandsforests or https://twitter.com/FCScotlandNews
3. The FCS agobair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridhcoilltearachdRiaghaltasna h-Alba agus a’ riaghladhnan 660,000 heactaireanann an OighreachdnaCoilleNàiseanta, a’ dìonadh, a’ cumailsmachd air agus a’ leudachadhnancoillteangusbuannachdan a thoirtdhacoimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidhagus, agobair an aghaidhatharrachadhgnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
4. Media enquiries to Ian Cowe, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0300 067 5308.