Our woodland photography hide is now complete – it has been a bit of a work in progress whilst we completed the installation of a reflection pool, but this is now finished. Our thanks to the volunteer photographers who have helped provide advice and to our volunteer work party for constructing the pool.Now it is finished, the pool should enable close up shots of woodland birds drinking or bathing, and with an interesting reflection with the woodland in the background.
Lovely set of shots from the reflection pool by Barry Jackson & Jim Willett
The perches and feeders still enable opportunities for shots of the birds away from the pool.
Exciting news - we will be able to offer the area at weekend at other times of year - please ask if you would like more details.
Great spotted woodpecker by Nick Smith
Goldfinch by Barry JacksonWhen: hiring available during opening hours December – March, and at weekends at other times of year.Opening times: Full day (9.45 am-4.15 pm) or half day (9.45 am-1 pm or 1-4.15 pm) hire available. Pricing: Half day £25 (20 for RSPB members), or full day £35 (£28 for RSPB members). Entry to the reserve is included in the price. Want to get more out of your visit? Enquire about photography tuition (not included in the price).One to one personal tuition tailored to your needs and camera type and hide hire for only: half day £50 (40 for RSPB members), or full day £70 (£56 for RSPB members).Gift vouchers (for both hide hire and tuition sessions are available).
Yesterday (22nd October) saw the start of the work to build the new ground level Purfleet Hide in the bank viewable from the visitors centre. It will look out over a re-landscaped Purfleet Scrape and afford excellent views.
To start with the diggers are removing the top soil. The reedy bit will be kept in one pile and the grassy bit in another to be replaced once works have finished to allow the area to naturally regenerate.