Bird Watching (UK) - - News Wire -

The phrase ‘bird hide’ too of­ten sum­mons up im­ages of a cramped, draughty shed, but it doesn’t have to be that way. WWT’S lat­est hide at their Wash­ing­ton Wet­land Cen­tre (pic­tured above and right) is a 16-sided gazebo with ‘sur­round sight’ views of a la­goon, the River Wear, and the King­fisher Pool. De­signed to be a wel­com­ing space for all, the hide’s roof is built of in­ter­lock­ing beams which re­move the need for sup­port pillars, giv­ing more room for vis­i­tors, es­pe­cially those with pushchairs and wheel­chairs. It’s also en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, with a liv­ing roof to at­tract birds and in­sects while pro­vid­ing sound in­su­la­tion, and a com­post­ing toi­let nearby. ID guides and binoc­u­lars are also on hand to en­able all vis­i­tors to get a close look at the Oys­ter­catch­ers and Avo­cets that breed on the re­serve.

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