We are devastated to announce that our popular Kingfisher hide, located on the Wetlands Trail of the Welsh Wildlife Centre and Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve was burnt to the ground at approx. 9pm on Tuesday (24th September) evening in what looks like yet another malicious arson attack.
Gina Gavigan, Marketing and Development Manager for The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales said:
“As a wildlife conservation charity money is a very limited resource for us. When deliberate acts of arson are carried out on reserve buildings, both time and money that could be spent on crucial conservation work to protect endangered species and protect important habitats often has to be spent on replacing these. It really is soul destroying for The Wildlife Trust team, volunteers and visitors. We believe that it would cost in the region of £20,000 to replace Kingfisher hide with something of a similar size but with a fire resistant structure. What happened at the Kingfisher hide really does threaten the future of the reserve, both as an important wildlife haven and as a place for people to enjoy engaging with our Welsh wildlife.”
The Wildlife Trust believes that it is vital for everyone to experience our amazing wildlife and explore our wild places, even the people who have destroyed the Kingfisher hide. The team at the Welsh Wildlife Centre would like to meet the people responsible for the recent attack to show them the effect this has on the local community, visitors and the charity. If we can inspire the people responsible to experience the incredible wildlife on the reserve then we are sure that they would love it too and hopefully act in a protective and respectful manner.
“We are working with our insurers to assess the damage and hopefully implement fire preventive action to avoid this happening again.”
We are appealing to the local community in Cilgerran and Cardigan to help us by being our eyes and ears as the police conduct their investigation.
Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to contact Dyfed Powys Police on 101 quoting reference DP 2019925085
In response to this devastating event, we have set up an emergency appeal to support the replacement of the hide and to review security options.
You can support our appeal by visiting here