Bird Hide, Loch Fleet

The context for this project was to design and build a post and beam timber wildlife watching hide in Balblair Woods, Loch Fleet NNR near Golspie which:

demonstrated innovative uses of new and traditional construction techniques using Scots pine and other home-grown timbers;

provided a suitable environment for observing wildlife;

added to the recreational infrastructure of Balblair Woods and complimented the high value landscape.

The 6.5mx2.7m structure comprises a Scots Pine post and beam frame on raised concrete pad foundations with solid Scots Pine floor and wall panels. The roof comprises Scots Pine roof trusses and purlins with Douglas Fir sarking and felt waterproof membrane. The whole structure is clad with heartwood larch rainscreen cladding with sliding larch shutters.

Below a time lapse film of the construction process.