new bird hide in for planning

—August 21, 2017

White Design was recently commissioned by Slimbridge Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust to develop the design of a new birdwatching tower and hide at their site overlooking the River Severn. The proposal will replace the existing Holden Tower Hide, which is no longer fit for purpose. The new tower and hide will form part of a wider set of developments across the whole Slimbridge site. These are being designed to improve the visitor experience at the centre and celebrate the life and work of Peter Scott, the creator of the WWT, who is often described as the founder of modern conservation. 

The original Holden Tower Hide was designed to provide views of large flocks of Bewicks Swans. As the climate in the UK has changed, these birds no longer visit in the numbers they once did. Instead, large numbers of wintering waders are now more common in the field known as the Tack Piece, which is to the north of the tower. The new design provides an increased frontage to this field, reflecting the changes to the natural habitats within the wider countryside and the further anticipated effects of global warming. In addition, the new tower and hide will provide a lift for less abled visitors, enabling access to the main viewing level as well as a roof top terrace, which provides uninterrupted views across the Severn Estuary and adjacent SSSI. 

A full planning application was submitted for the project in July 2017 and will hopefully start on site next year. It is intended for construction to be carried out during Summer 2018 to reduce disruption to visiting and local bird species.