Conversion of an existing birdwatching hide into a new Discovery Hide at South Lake
Posted: 13th October 2014
WWT Slimbridge Wetland, Slimbridge, Gloucester, GL2 7BT
Thanks to the grant from The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust, the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) was able to convert an existing birdwatching hide into a new Discovery Hide - a place where families and people new to birdwatching can become inspired about birds and wetland conservation.
The South Lake Discovery Hide at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre opened to the public on 16 June 2013. A number of key modifications have transformed it into a welcoming, bright and comfortable space: Painting and general refurbishment; sound-deadening soft flooring and ceiling materials; comfortable seating in front of the picture windows; tethered bird guides, binoculars, and fixed telescopes and a series of colourful educational panels providing helpful tips on using optical equipment, bird identification and where to look for wildlife.
Visitors to the hide will have the opportunity to see species such as shoveler, black-tailed godwit and lapwing.