New Project – Replacement Hide – RSPB Snettisham

Clarke Group have been appointed to construct a replacement hide at RSPB Snettisham. The structure replaces two hides that were destroyed following a storm surge in December 2013. The replacement hide will offer longevity, with the new design resilient to future storm or tidal surge events.

The new hide will provide an incredible view of the high tide wader roost and will provide more shelter for visitors to the reserve. The new hide will reduce disturbance to wildlife; frequent disturbance over a prolonged period could potentially affect breeding bird colonies.

The project has been actively promoted by Chris Packham; a naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author. His input helped raise awareness of a crowdfunding appeal which kick started the funding for this project.

Following the crowdfunding success, three more community trust grants, and further donations from individuals and businesses pushed the total up. A generous donation from WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund then took the appeal to its final total of £140,000.

Steve Clarke, Director at Clarke Group commented: ‘We are very pleased to be involved with this project, which will offer more comfortable facilities for the public to make the most of the fantastic surroundings and wildlife.

The hide has a clever design using bank bunding to help conceal the structure. The specially chosen design and material will help achieve a natural structure which will not be invasive to the wildlife.

I personally will be looking forward to using the hide upon completion.’

Hayley Roan, RSPB Project Manager, said: ‘We are delighted to be working with Clarke Group Construction Ltd on this special project, to create a hide that will withstand the pressures of climate change and also encourage future generations to love and understand the very special wildlife and habitats of The Wash.”

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