Sadly the RSPB has decided not to resume feeding red kites at Tollie. Bird flu poses a serious threat to many bird populations and birds of prey are no exception. In fact at least four known red kites have tested positive for the disease in the UK including one in Highland. Bird flu cases are currently on the rise again across the UK which is of concern.
Feeding kites here helps us to educate the public about these fantastic birds, but it doesn’t make a direct contribution to their conservation. So when we balance the risk of bringing birds together in close proximity with the benefits, we think it’s just not right to expose any of the birds to that risk right now. Feeding sessions are therefore not currently running at this site.
We know our volunteers and visitors will be disappointed, as are we. The car park at Tollie will as be open for use for local walks but the visitor centre and toilet remain closed. If you want to know more about bird flu and how it is affecting birds then please visit the RSPB website here Avian Influenza Updates - The RSPB.
We're 15 miles north-west of Inverness, just off the main road to Ullapool (A835) between Maryburgh and Contin. Take the second right turn after the Maryburgh roundabout (signposted Tollie Red Kites). Directly after Keithtown, turn left and follow the track for half a mile to the centre.
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