RSPB Snettisham crowdfunding appeal to reward donators with exclusive wildlife experiences

Go on a celebrity goose walk with BBC broadcaster and naturalist Mike Dilger. Picture: Les Bunyan

Go on a celebrity goose walk with BBC broadcaster and naturalist Mike Dilger. Picture: Les Bunyan - Credit: Les Bunyan

Nature lovers can be rewarded for their generosity with a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife opportunity at RSPB Snettisham.

Go on a celebrity goose walk with BBC broadcaster and naturalist Mike Dilger. Picture: Les Bunyan

Go on a celebrity goose walk with BBC broadcaster and naturalist Mike Dilger. Picture: Les Bunyan - Credit: Les Bunyan

With a donation made to the charity's crowdfunding appeal, donators can be in with a chance to become warden for the day and work alongside Snettisham wildlife.

Other rewards include a birdwatching masterclass, photography lessons with wildlife photographer Chris Gommersall and a wild goose chase with BBC broadcaster and naturalist Mike Dilger.

Site manager Jim Scott said: 'These rewards are a really unique way of getting to experience the wildlife up here on The Wash and in North Norfolk.

'They are 'money can't buy' experiences and it's all for an incredible cause.'

A reed warbler at the nature reserve. Picture: John Bridges

A reed warbler at the nature reserve. Picture: John Bridges - Credit: John Bridges


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The 30-day crowdfunding appeal was launched on July 10 to raise funds for a new hide to replace the two wildlife hides at Snettisham nature reserve which were destroyed by coastal storms in December 2013.

MORE: Crowd funding appeal to replace hides wrecked by 2013 storm surge at Snettisham RSPB reserve

It has been designed to be more resilient to floods while providing people with fantastic views of the main attraction – Snettisham's wildlife – and will be a building for everyone, improving the experience for all visitors including birdwatchers, photographers, walkers and wildlife lovers.

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The devastating tidal surge in 2013 left a trail of destruction along the Norfolk coastline and at many coastal nature reserves.

A photography masterclass will be hosted by wildlife photographer Chris Gommersall. Picture: Chris G

A photography masterclass will be hosted by wildlife photographer Chris Gommersall. Picture: Chris Gommersall - Credit: Chris Gommersall

Mr Scott added: 'Every year thousands of people from around the country travel to Snettisham to witness the aerial displays of the tens of thousands of birds attracted to The Wash by the abundance of food in the mud.

'Since 2013 though, they have had to do so without the two hides lost during the storm surge.

'Donating to this appeal will make a huge difference to our visitors, making it even better and inspiring more people, especially the younger generation, with the amazing wildlife of this special place.'

Crowdfunding allows members of the public to donate money for a specific purpose in exchange for rewards, ranging from a special pin badge for anyone donating £15, to the chance to name the hide for £30,000.

The crowdfunding appeal ends on Sunday, August 13. To donate or for more information, visit the RSPB Snettisham crowdfunding page.

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