The Phoenix Hide!

14 months since the burning down of the Mill Hide. The Phoenix Hide has now been opened!


We had our opening ceremony last week where we were joined by donators, locals, Kinross 1st beavers and NatureScot Chair, Mike Cantlay. We were thrilled to have around 50 people at the ceremony! Where we all enjoyed the views from the Phoenix Hide of this magic national nature reserve and the wildlife that calls it home.

The rebuild of the hide wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the local community – and all of us here at NatureScot are extremely grateful for the support we received to re-build this award-winning hide.

Panoramic Views
Entrance to the Phoenix Hide
Looking great from the inside. The black finish behind the cladding providing a ‘Phoenix’ theme.
Looking good!

Thanks to our fantastic community, we can now once again enjoy the panoramic views and superb wildlife encounters that this fantastic hide has to offer. The contractors have done a fantastic job in the construction of the hide and were lucky to have had a reasonably good spell of weather to accompany them throughout the build. We hope the Phoenix Hide will provide many great memories and wildlife experiences just like the Mill Hide did before it. It will forever be a token of great community spirit!’

Mute Swan building a nest, as seen from the Phoenix Hide.

The new security camera that looks onto the hide has excellent clarity. It came into use as we saw 2 people clambering over the hide which was closed at the time and chucking our cone and a pair of vice grips into the loch….

Security Camera Image – the hide is now monitored as well as being coated in a fire retardant paint
We were out with our volunteers replacing the broken willow hurdles.

It’s been a massive journey, and we thank each and every one of you for the support of the last 14 months. We now have our award winning hide back in which we can connect with nature and make lasting memories! Below are the photos of the whole process from start to finish;

The morning after the terrible event…
After the demolition it looked like this for 10 months
Then in March 2022 – the rebuild commenced!
Floor being constructed
Sides in place
Wall panels being installed
Walkway and Roof being installed
Hide finished inside!
Hide finished from the outside – doesn’t it look amazing! (c) Lorne Gill

We are absolutely thrilled to have the Phoenix Hide open. Make sure you pop down and have a look for yourself. I have spotted Pochard, Goosander, Goldeneye, Tufted Duck, Mute Swan, Great-crested Grebe, Sand Martin, Swallow and Teal amongst many others. It’s a cracking spot and its here to stay!

Thank you!

About SimonR

I am a keen naturalist/wildlife conservationist from North-East Scotland. I work at Loch Leven National Nature Reserve as a Reserve Officer and have a deep interest in conservation and wildlife management in Scotland. Keen Birder, naturalist and practical habitat management enthusiast.
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1 Response to The Phoenix Hide!

  1. Anne says:

    This hide looks marvellous. Thank you for showing us the progressio from the tragic end of the previous hide to the beauty of the new one.

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