The protected species are attempting to nest within the bounds of the Perthshire site
T In The Park festival have revealed that they moved their Main Stage at the festival’s new home at Strathallan Castle due to the presence of a protected species of bird.
As previously reported, ospreys are attempting to nest within the bounds of the Perthshire site. Ospreys are a protected species and cannot, by law, be disturbed while nesting.
The festival’s environmental manager Steve Taylor recently spoke about the environmental issues facing the annual Scottish event for the first time, confirming that they altered their original plans to accommodate the birds. He said: “We have adjusted two things – the construction timetable and the layout of the site. The ospreys become more sensitive at certain periods of time such as when their eggs are hatching.”
“Once the chicks have their feathers and they can leave the nest we can make a bit more noise and be more relaxed. But at the moment we are being very sensitive and have adjusted the construction schedule so that noisy activities are not taking place in the zone closest to the osprey’s nest. Obviously the construction people want to get in and work but they have all agreed they will work within that remit.
“We’ve also moved the Main Stage and reoriented it, which is a major contribution to the osprey protection plan. Now it has moved further away, it is well away from the buffer zone.”
T In The Park first took place in 1994 at Strathclyde Country Park near Motherwell, and relocated to Balado near Kinross three years later, remaining there until 2014. The move to Strathallan Castle comes following safety concerns about the Forties North Sea oil pipeline, which runs over part of the Balado site.
Headliners at the 2015 event are Kasabian, The Libertines and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.