Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve is an internationally important wetland site for wildlife located on one of the few undeveloped stretches of the Sussex coast. In addition to this activity centre, we also built a series of structures at the site, including a wheelchair friendly bird hide and two pond dipping platforms.
The activity shelter offers community activities in a sheltered environment. Inside is a central table and several fold out benches. Outside, two large tanks collect rainwater and we built a series of insect hotels. The insect hotels offer places for many insects to nest, including lacewings, hoverflies, ladybirds, beetles, earwigs, and solitary bees.
We highly value the importance of insect hotels for the local environment because of the nesting potential they offer to solitary bees. Whilst we normally think of sociable honeybees or furry bumblebees, 90% of the 267 species of bee in the UK are solitary bees, meaning that they do not live in colonies. A single red mason bee, a solitary bee, is equivalent to 120 worker honeybees in terms of pollination, which highlights the importance of solitary bees to our whole ecosystem and food supply. We hope that helping nature in our own little way will have a continuing and positive effect upon the environment.
We also built two pond dipping platforms and a bird hide at Pagham Harbour. The bird hide is fully accessible to wheelchair users and incorporates a unique design that allows visitors in wheelchairs to get right up to the windows. You can find out more information about our creations at Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve here.
This is just one of many bespoke timber structures that we have built over the years. Please take a look at our other unique creations 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.