Abberton Reservoir, Essex Wildlife Trust

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Abberton Reservoir is one of Europe’s top wetland sites – the site is of international importance as a safe haven for wild ducks, swans, and other water birds, some of which are resident whilst others pass through on migration or over-wintering. Up to 40,000 ducks, swans, and geese visit each year, and the site has recently been heavily updated to expand the reservoir whilst paying a strong focus to conservation.

Essex Wildlife Trust, who manage Abberton Reservoir, have become one of our long standing clients, and they keep coming back to us again and again as they strive to improve their site. We have loved working with them and are great believers in their mission to combine development with conservation. Below is a selection of a few of the creations we have installed at Abberton Reservoir.


Wild Deck Company Creations at Abberton Reservoir

Each of the following creations is clickable, allowing you to look at each project in depth, offering more ideas for your own project, and giving a valuable insight into the design and.creation of each structure.

Hide Bay Hide

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A large, sedum roof bird hide with entrance ramp and screen fencing.

Gwen’s Hide

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A sedum roofed bird hide with an access ramp and screens.

Children’s Visitor Centre

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A dual purpose structure that functions as both a bird hide and a children’s information centre.

Island Hide

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A large, cedar shingle roofed bird hide with a screened entrance ramp.

Wigborough Bay Hide

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A small, raised bird hide with an open back. We built two like this.

Outdoor Play Area

Rustic Wooden Play Area

A rustic, themed play area by our sister company, Flights of Fantasy.


sir-david-attenborough-at-abberton-reservoir-essex-wildlife-trustA Visit by Sir David Attenborough

The naturalist and broadcaster – and an icon of recent decades – Sir David Attenborough, paid a visit to Abberton Reservoir to mark the completion of the £150 million Abberton Scheme by unveiling a special engraved stone.

Our hides were a part of this huge scheme which enlarged Abberton Reservoir by 58% whilst creating a vastly improved habitat for wildlife.

Sir David commented, “I can remember a time when nature conservation and development were seen to be in opposition – you either developed or conserved – and that led to confrontation. Here at Abberton Reservoir this is fundamentally, extraordinarily, and wonderfully different.”

This idea of development and environmental conservation goes hand in hand with our core beliefs at The Wild Deck Company and we are very proud to be part of such a forward thinking, environmentally friendly development project. As Sir David Attenborough said, conservation and development no longer have to be at loggerheads, and we hope to see many more projects that align with this ethos in the future.


What Visitors Are Saying About Our Creations at Abberton Reservoir

Aside from the odd, special day, such as the official opening by Sir David Attenborough, we don’t often get to visit our sites regularly and hear what people think of them. However, the following reviews have been left on Tripadvisor.

“Bird hide out 10/10”

by Brandon R

“Excellent bird-watching centre”

by Anthony R

“Lovely hides to watch the birds and wildlife”

by jocelynandrews45

“Extremely disabled-friendly. [..] I Could easily access the entire site including the hides.”

by Sheila D


Your Project

Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us via email or phone to discuss your own hide – we are only too happy to help, and can work from strict plans or design a bird hide completely from scratch to fit your needs. We can also incorporate the design with other features to compliment your natural setting such as boardwalks, dipping platforms, and observation decks / viewing platforms.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Please also take a moment to look at our bird hides, boardwalks, dipping platforms, and other timmber creations – every project is bespoke, thus unique.