Spreading their wings
Euan Naylor & Jenny Sandiford, Skye
Birds of prey are being used to
patrol the skies to provide pest control for industrial estates across
The Isle of Skye Falconry has become
a popular tourist attraction since it was formed last summer, but recent
interest in the birds' natural killer instincts has led to this change
Euan Naylor and Jenny Sandiford set
up the falconry business in Kensaleyre near Uig with the help of grants
from Skye and Lochalsh Enterprise and the Prince's Scottish Youth
Ms Sandiford said: "We didn't see
ourselves offering a pest control service when we first started the
business but it certainly helped us survive a quiet winter.
"We've completed a few contracts,
and our birds have been quite successful at scaring off seagulls.
"They don't actually catch or kill
them, they just disturb them from nesting and roosting in the area."
The Brief, Highlands
and Islands Enterprise,