RSPB mile­stone

Bird Watching (UK) - - News Wire -

Bal­ranald RSPB on North Uist in the Outer He­brides is set for a record num­ber of vis­i­tors this year, just in time for the re­serve’s 50th an­niver­sary. Orig­i­nally set up by the RSPB, lo­cal crofters and land­lords to mon­i­tor the area’s wildlife, Bal­ranald RSPB has be­come a ma­jor bird­watch­ing desti­na­tion, at­tract­ing rar­i­ties such as Gyr Fal­con and a Black-billed Cuckoo. More than 15,000 peo­ple vis­ited the re­serve this year, up from 9,000 in 2004, putting pres­sure on the re­serve’s car park!

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