Report by Mullet (from the forum thread: Birds nesting at Silvermine Main Crag
“I was up at Silvermine today and got an update on the kestrel nesting situation.
Main Crag is still closed for climbing.
While at the top parking lot preparing to go up to Blaze, we were approached by a ranger who told us that the crag was closed and we had to go to Lower Silvermine. When I queried him further, he informed us that the birds are NOT finished nesting and that Silvermine Main crag will be closed for approximately two more months. We were told that Lower Silvermine is still open and when I asked, was informed that it was still ok to climb at Blaze of Glory. When we got to the path down to Main crag and Blaze the path was cordoned off with some red and white caution tape and there was a sign up indicating that bird nesting was taking place in the area.
Also, the “Bird nesting complete” sign (right), has been removed by Park officials.
It would probably be best to climb at some of the other crags in the area for the next few months (or until someone gets exact details on the extent of the closure) so as not to jeopardise future access to the crags. The ranger we spoke to was quite accommodating but he did speak with a bit of distaste about “some idiots” who had removed some of the signs put up by park officials and even thrown one down the cliff. Hopefully it wasn’t one of the climbing community.”