This is a fully accessible bird hide that we built for Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve, an RSPB managed site located on one of the few undeveloped stretches of the Sussex coast. The RSPB is one of our longstanding clients and we are always happy to work with them, promoting their message of ‘giving nature a home’. The Pagham Harbour site is an internationally important wetland site for wildlife where visitors can watch black tailed godwits and little egrets by day, then linger for amazing sunsets on clear days.
At The Wild Deck Company, we believe in nature being accessible for all, irregardless of mobility. We have built several accessible bird hides over the years and this one was no exception. In addition to having steps up to the main structure, we also built a gently sloping access ramp allowing ease of access for individuals in wheelchairs and those with decreased mobility. The central windows are both lower than normal windows and feature a special ‘box’, allowing wheelchair users to wheel themselves closer to the window so that they can enjoy nature as much as individuals not in wheelchairs. These customisations are just two small ways we can help to make our structures accessible for all.
Gone are the days when bird hides were dark, dank structures that weren’t pleasant to spend time in. We believe in making bird hides enjoyable for all which is why we aim to make them comfortable and attractive without removing any of their functionality. We built floor to ceiling windows in the side of this bird hide, allowing lots of natural light into the structure, and each window is shuttered, meaning it can be fixed open or closed depending upon the weather.
We also built two pond dipping platforms and an activity centre at Pagham Harbour. The activity centre offers a learning environment, incorporating rainwater collection tanks and several insect hotels into its design. You can find out more information about our creations at Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve here.
This is just one of many bespoke bird hides that we have built over the years. Please take a look at our other bird hides for further inspiration and if you are looking to commission your own bird hide, get in touch with us to discuss what you are looking for. We look forward to hearing from you.