Bird Hide Appeal

Teal flock at reserve, Adrian Langdon

Please can you help us raise £15,000 to help build a bird hide at Middle Amble Marsh Nature Reserve and offer people the opportunity to truly enjoy the spectacle of unique wildlife at one of Cornwall's most important sites for wetland birds.

We have launched a joint fundraising appeal with Cornwall Bird Watching and Preservation Society to raise the funds need to construct a bird hide at one of our newest reserves, a facility that will enable us to inspire even more people about the wonders of Cornish wildlife.

Middle Amble Marsh Nature Reserve and its neighbour, the renowned Walmsley Sanctuary near Wadebridge supports a wide variety of bird and wildlife. To increase the biodiversity of the reserves Cornwall Wildlife Trust and CBWPS are developing and enhancing the wetland features by raising water levels, creating new scrapes and improving access.

Can you help us by making a donation today? Anamount, small or large, will make a difference. 

"The habitat and restoration at Middle Amble Marsh will not only be a valuable landscape extension to Walmsley Sanctuary, but also, through the provision of the new hide, offer the people of Cornwall the opportunity to truly enjoy the wildlife this brings. In these times of great change, bring people closer to nature is vital to ensure that we remain connectd to our natural world."

Mark Grantham, Chair CBWPS 

The Wider View

•At 6.5m wide, the proposed hide will offer a safe and spacious vantage point at the western edge of the reserve from which thousands of visitors, including keen bird watchers and school children, can experience the full beauty of the wetlands.
•An all-weather facility the hide will enable long-term monitoring and research of the important species that are drawn to the reserve for the protection it provides.

If you can make a donation today we will be one step closer to creating a sheltered, disturbance free environment in which to observe the stunning birds at this site.

Why Middle Amble Marsh nature reserve is so important

•In 2012 Cornwall Wildlife Trust and CBWPS acquired land at Chapel Amble to create a new nature reserve Middle Amble Marsh, adjacent to Walmsley Sanctuary is enabling the development of one of Cornwall's most important sites for passage of wintering wildfowl and waders. The acquisition of the marsh increases the size of this wildlife haven by 50%.
•Last winter 1,500 wigeon, 1,500 lapwing and hundreds of teal, snipe, redshank and blacktailed godwit flock to the site, presenting an unmissable wildlife spectacle.
•In spring and summer the reed bed, ditches and fen areas offer nesting habitat and foraging areas for reed buntings, sedge and reed warblers. By careful management of the grassland we hope to attract breeding lapwing to the site.
•The scrapes, ditches and wet grassland at Walmsley provide important food resources and roosting habitat for the wintering wildfowl and waders of the Camel Estuary. By enhancing the wetland features of Middle Amble Marsh we are creating new habitats for these birds.
•The new elevated bird hide and scrapes will help to increase opportunities to undertake important ecological research, species recording and long-term monitoring.

"The hide will allow a superb view over the finest area of grazing marsh in Cornwall with flocks of wildfowl and waders" Daniel Eva, Trustee, Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

Please help us reach our goal of £15,000 by giving a donation today. It will make a genuine difference to Cornwall's wild birds. Thank you!

Printing costs of the letter and leaflets produced for this appeal have been generously covered by Four Way.

Any funds raised above the amount required will be used for nature reserves management.

If you have any questions about our Bird Hide Appeal please contact Peter Kent, Reserve Manager via email or call (01872) 273939 ext 222.