Restharrow Scrape Project

Lapwing Chicks by Don Wilks

We have the exciting opportunity to secure the future of Restharrow Scrape, which the Observatory currently leases.

In order to buy the 12.5 acres and develop the Restharrow Scrape project to improve the area for wildlife and the community, SBBOT will need to raise in excess of £180,000 and much closer to £300,000.

Every £ we raise will make a difference to what we can do with the field once purchased so please consider making a donation. A big thank you already for your donations of £10, £20, £50 etc.

With your help we have already raised over £30,000.

Help us raise 100,000 through our Adopt-a-Plot Scheme

See our donation form here: Restharrow Scrape Donation Form

There are 400 hypothetical plots available for a donation of £250 each.

Why not band together with friends to adopt a plot?

We have now sold an incredible 95 plots!

Available plots are shown below (adopted plots are in red):

Other ways to help this project…

  • Posters made by Nick Smith are on sale in our shop for £5. All proceeds go towards the project.
  • Raise funds for SBBOT through Easy Fundraising at no extra cost when shopping online here:
  • The back wall photos by Nigel Hefford are available for £5 each donation to Restharrow Scrape Development Appeal. See Nigel or email to reserve.
  • Art Auction 26th October 2018. Observatory will open at 6PM with the auction starting at 8PM. If you are an artist and wish to donate to this fundraiser please contact Becky Johnson at

  • Please fill in a questionnaire, we would love to hear  your views and ideas to be considered as we move forward with the decisions about this development. We have had 90 responses so far from members and visitors. You can find our questionnaire here: RHS Development Questionnaire
  • If you have other ideas for fundraising activities, especially any that you would be willing to lead on, please contact the Chair of the Restharrow Scrape Fundaising committee Sally Hunter at

The Plan

Sunset at Restharrow Scrape by Keith Motion

The Scrape is at present a very popular part of what we offer at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory. We really hope you will be willing to help us in our long-held dream of securing this piece of wildlife habitat for the future.

We have already had several unsolicited donations to the fund from individuals and offers to help from people with influence, for example with other charitable trusts. We will be using some of our Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust financial reserves as well as making bids for various funding, such as the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Development idea for the Scrape (click to enlarge)

Development idea for the Scrape (click to enlarge)

With your help we intend to purchase the Scrape field to secure it’s future and develop it further to benefit the flora and fauna in the area. As you can see from the map above, we are hoping to extend the Scrape, creating a larger sanctuary for wildlife with a huge focus on nesting birds. New islands and shingled areas will create more habitat for wetland species, hopefully increasing numbers of breeding Waders such as Avocet.

Deepened areas will mean we have more water present during dry spells, ensuring there is habitat available for not only breeding birds but a whole host of aquatic life dependent on this type of environment. The creation of a Wildflower Meadow will provide an additional area for pollinators, which could also benefit Turtle Doves, Finches and Buntings, and will also include the installation of Barn Owl nestboxes. Members and visitors will be able to enjoy views of the scrape not only from our existing hide, but hopefully from a second hide with other development plans including the creation of a Sand Martin Bank.


John Hollyer for designing the project’s logo and contributing his original art work for use in this appeal.


  • Everyone who attended, contributed and organised our Plant sale and coffee morning on Sunday 10th June. We raised an incredible £520+ for the appeal.