Restharrow Scrape Project

THANK YOU to EVERYONE who has already donated time, materials, expertise and funds however large or small to the project.

With your incredible support and a grant from the Banister Trust we have now raised over £77,000.

This means we are now in a position to buy the land.

However, in October we will be applying to the Heritage Lottery for help with the whole project, which is costed at just over £300,000. For this bid we will need to show we have at least £200,000 without depleting our financial reserves too far.

So if you have been thinking about a donation please do so now.

Please consider donating by using this button:


Lapwing Chicks by Don Wilks

Our exciting opportunity to secure the future of Restharrow Scrape, a local Nature Reserve, for Wildlife

In order to buy the 12.4 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.

You might also like to consider 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?

An incredible 124 plots have been adopted so far!

So we are well over a quarter of our way to our target.

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

adopt a plot 124

Other ways to help this project…

  • Can you provide a home for me?

    Can you provide a home for me?

    You can bid for a HEDGEHOG HIBERNATION BOX donated by our WEX group. See details here: hedgehog box auction poster

  • Posters on sale in our shop for £5. All proceeds go towards the project. (Thanks to Nick Smith for the design).


  • 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 over 140 responses so far from members and visitors. You can find our questionnaire here: RHS Development Questionnaire

Art Poster Online

  • 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.


  • Artists who have generously donated to our Art Auction. We really appreciate how many of you are willing to help towards this fundraiser.
  • Everyone who attended, contributed and organised our  a huge THANK YOU.on Sunday 10th June. We raised an incredible £520+ for the appeal!