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Wildlife hides damaged by 2013 storm surge to be replaced at RSPB Snettisham

PUBLISHED: 13:54 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:54 30 May 2018

One of the hides displaced by the 2013 December storm surge at RSPB Snettisham Picture:RSPB

One of the hides displaced by the 2013 December storm surge at RSPB Snettisham Picture:RSPB

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Two wildlife hides at a coastal nature reserve damaged by the 2013 storm surge will be replaced, thanks to a £140,000 fundraising appeal.

Snettisham after the December 2013 storm surge Picture: RSPBSnettisham after the December 2013 storm surge Picture: RSPB

The much-needed funds will help to build a bigger and more storm resilient structure to replace the wildlife hides at RSPB Snettisham nature reserve which were destroyed by coastal storms in December 2013.

It was the most powerful storm surge since the floods of 1953, which demolished bird roosting banks and smashed hides to pieces or left them teetering on a cliff-edge.

A 34-day crowdfunding campaign was launched in July last year which was supported by 366 people and raised £14,801 through online and offline donations.

Following the crowdfund appeal, three more community trust grants and donations from individuals and businesses helped the campaign to reach its £140,000 target.

An impression of the design of the proposed new hide at RSPB Snettisham Picture: RSPBAn impression of the design of the proposed new hide at RSPB Snettisham Picture: RSPB

This includes a £73,500 grant from the Wren FCC Community Action Fund, a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects.

RSPB project manager Hayley Roan said the project team were over the moon, adding: “We can now achieve the vision of creating a hide that will withstand the pressures of climate change and also encourage future generations to love and understand the very special wildlife and habitats of The Wash.”

Work on rebuilding the hide is due to begin in September and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The new hide needs a new name and RSPB Snettisham is looking to the public for suggestions.

Scenes from the Wader Spectacular at RSPB Snettisham. Picture: Matthew Usher.Scenes from the Wader Spectacular at RSPB Snettisham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Ms Roan added: “The hide needs a name to help us identify it geographically for our visitors and that also conveys the unique and incredible nature of the place and wildlife that people will see.”

RSPB Snettisham nature reserve lies on the edge of the expansive tidal mudflats of The Wash, an important site for wading birds and wildfowl.

Every year thousands of people travel to Snettisham to witness the aerial displays of the vast number of birds attracted to The Wash by the abundance of food in the mud.

To make a suggestion for the name of the hide, email: snettishamproject@rspb.org.uk by Friday, June 15.


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