This superb all-weather facility for birdwatchers and photographers alike features:
- Two water-level hides - available for hire. Each hide can accommodate up to three adults;
- One-way glass throughout - offers excellent close-up views of many birds which turn up on the reserve;
- Comfortable chairs and a large waterproof bean bag make long photographic sessions easy;
- Power points are available for recharging batteries etc
Ornithological highlights include:
The Sandwich tern colony (fifty pairs in 2016) is now only one of two ‘permanent’ colonies in Scotland. Views and images of the breeding terns are some of the finest available anywhere in Britain! Arctic and Common terns also breed in small numbers some years.
Breeding season - wildfowl and waders such as: Shoveler; Teal, Tufted duck, Moorhens and Coot, Lapwing, Redshank, Snipe and Oystercatcher are regular;
Migration periods - St. John’s Pool has real potential for attracting unusual or rare birds. Over 200 species have been recorded at the site so there’s a genuine chance of finding your own rarity… and photographing it at very close range!
Main breeding season April – end of July.
During this period ‘Wader and Tern’ hides are exclusively for hire from dawn to dusk. St. John’s Pool public hides are only open from 10am – 6pm in the breeding season.
Both photographic hides are available year round by arrangement.
For more details and booking information please contact: