Bird hides at Ham Mere receive a makeover

If you are a keen birdwatcher or just enjoy a walk through Ferry Meadows, you may be interested in the following press release from Nene Park Trust.

Nene Park Trust unveils the newly refurbished bird hides on Ham Mere nature reserve. The bird hides have received an extensive makeover to increase their appeal to Park visitors of all ages and ornithological ability providing both engaging and fun educational opportunities.

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Trainee Rangers, Thomas Davison and Peter Hogan, designed and implemented the refurbishments as part of their one year Traineeship placement with Nene Park Trust.
Both the Heron Hide and Teal Hide were given an attractive makeover along with stunning new signage and interpretation. The approaches to both the hides have been opened up to create new wildlife opportunities which will change throughout the seasons.
Tom Davison said, “I am very pleased with how my bird hide looks following its makeover, and hope that it will be enjoyed by both new and existing users of the nature reserve. I’ve particularly enjoyed using oak harvested in Ferry Meadows to create the shelving in the Heron Hide”.
Peter Hogan added, “It’s been great to see the projects develop from our original designs and vision into successfully completed works. When visiting the new bird hides look out for wintering wildfowl such as Teal and Shoveler; or you may be lucky enough to see a Bittern or Bearded Tit, both of which have recently been recorded on the reserve.”

bird hide2NenePark Trust is the independent charity that manages over 1,700 acres of land to the west of Peterborough at no cost to the taxpayer, including the 500 acre FerryMeadowsCountryPark. The Trust was established in 1988 with the aim of improving the quality of life for Peterborough residents and visitors through providing high quality and accessible open spaces.

NenePark stretches six miles along the valley of the river Nene to the west of Peterborough. The estate includes Thorpe Meadows, with its large rowing course and diverse collection of contemporary sculpture, two 18-hole golf courses at Thorpe Wood and Orton Meadows, and Ferry Meadows Country Park, which contains a wide range of visitor facilities including a watersports centre, areas for camping and caravanning, a visitor centre, gift shop and three children’s play areas. The estate is linked to open countryside by a riverside footpath running west for six miles from the city centre with extensive footpaths, cycleways and horse routes linking to the adjacent villages.

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