We have just installed the Wader Hide , built to our normal high standards its water edge location enables photography of many species of Waders and Wildfowl . From early April Lapwings, Oystercatchers and Redshanks; then Black-tailed godwits and Whimbrels from mid-April into May. The breeding season offers enormous potential for display, territorial and other breeding activity images.Shovelers feature strongly in May and June with up to four pairs regularly displaying and fighting. Water level action at close quarters can be impressive.At St. John’s Pool the possibility of scarce and rare species is always there and most of them have been within 5m of ‘Wader hide’!! Check out the Checklist for what could be right in front of you next spring!
We look forward to meeting you and hope the information below is useful in helping you plan your trip. Please contact via email on the site if you have any queries before booking .The main breeding season and peak migration opening times run from 16th April to 30th July inc. Each hire is available from pre-dawn to after dusk. Ideally every client will be met and escorted to their hide of choice. Both hides will be only available by appointment and access will be by combination lock on gates so entry to hides will always be possible. The security number (which will be regularly updated) of each hide will be available on booking.
Wader Hide: Can accommodate up to 3 people; The fundamental difference between the two hides is ‘Wader hide’ is all above ground but has two levels of windows – at seating height and lying flat at water level. All other features are as per ‘Tern hide’.
The above chart indicates some of the species most likely to be seen on any given day as highlighted in dark pink; lighter shade = fewer birds and/or less chance of good photographic opportunities but birds still potentially around.
To help you plan a visit to give added value – best times for other attractions in Caithness are indicated.
Location ; Caithness Scotland
Open ; April - July 2016