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Rare Lochaber birds are under threat

RARE waterbirds in Lochaber are under ‘real threat’, according to a Lochaber environmental group, after it recorded a sharp fall in breeding numbers over the past two decades. Lochaber Biodiversity Action Group (LBAG) has warned locals and visitors this week that black-throated divers, one of the country’s rarest waterfowl, are under threat in the area, with nest disturbances by kayakers and canoeists cited as one of the main reasons for the decline.

The warning comes after numbers of breeding pairs on Loch Shiel have crashed from 11 to none in the past 20 years, although birds do still attempt to breed there.

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