Welsh Wildlife Centre Launch Appeal to Buy New Bird Hides
For every pound you donate the Wildlife Trust could receive two!
We are launching an appeal to raise £15,000 in the hope of buying two brand new bird hides for their Teifi Marshes nature reserve.
Back in March this year, one of the bird hides at Teifi Marshes was sadly burnt down through an act of vandalism.
The ‘Curlew’ hide overlooked the Teifi river and was a popular spot to watch waders at low tide.
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From this spot you can often see curlew, dunlin, whimbrel, cormorants, little egrets, mallard, teal, widgeon, many species of gull and also get good views of our resident otters.
It’s proximity to Cardigan town meant that it was one of our most popular hides with local people.
Since then, the ‘Mallard’ hide , another popular bird watching shelter on the reserve has also been vandalised twice.
Wooden panelling on the walls was smashed, holes made in the roof, shutters torn off and interpretation display boards broken.
Although this damage has been fixed the hide is old and tired and is in dire need of replacement.
After much deliberation and research we have decided that to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen again we would need to look at a better, more robust and vandal proof design of hide.
The hides that we plan to erect have been designed by a company called Green Future Building; a non-profit organisation who specialise in sustainable building and providing training and employment for disadvantaged people.
The new hides will be built using sustainably sourced fibre board which is highly fire resistant, vandal resistant and has a 50 year manufacturer’s guarantee.
The roof will have a fibre glass outer panel which will provide a substrate to grow vegetation which will give the hides a green roof. This in turn provides a good habitat for insects whilst also blending the hide into the surrounding landscape of the nature reserve.
This new hide design will give a greater level of vandal resistance and fire protection. Due to the hides needing to be built to order and with the extra security features, it will cost considerably more than a standard wooden structure.
Wildlife Trust staff have been working hard to try to find sources of funding for the project and a private trust has offered to match public donations pound for pound. This is still subject to agreement however yet potentially for every pound we raise this trust will give us another thus doubling the total money raised.
This would mean that the Wildlife Trust would have enough funds to replace two of the hides instead of just one. The Wildlife Trust has therefore launched an appeal to raise the £15,000 we need.
At the time of writing we have already raised £10,200, more than half way!
We are asking people to make any donation they can afford, no matter how large or how small as every pound counts and will go some way to ensure visitors gain a better experience when visiting the reserve. Remember that for every pound you donate the Wildlife Trust could receive two!
By Telephone: We can accept credit cards over the telephone – just phone our office in Tondu on 01656 724100 quoting the Teifi Marshes Appeal and ask for the Membership Department.
By Post: We are happy to accept cheques, postal orders or CAF card payments through the post. Please fill in this donation form and send it with your donation to:
The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales,
The Nature Centre,
You can donate online via Paypal or credit card. Thank you.