Further progress at Restharrow Scrape Nature Reserve:
The water level mid February at nearly 220cm:
Some of the works progressing on Restharrow Scrape January/February 2020:
What Restharrow Scrape looks like in January 2020:
Help needed from 20th January
We are hoping to use the time of the closure for the path and parking works to also have a work party to refurbish the existing hide and various other activities. These include refurbishing the inside lining and notice boards, fitting a new door, upgrading the fire exit door, re-glazing in perspex the four oldest slots to let in more light- all in the existing hide plus building new screening and adding an outside coat of preservative to the existing hide (weather permitting). Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help with any of this.
The new hide is now in place – it will be open to all once it is safe to do so – once the pathway and screening have been constructed.
The Scrape is closed at present to allow the work on the path extension to the new hide, the construction of the two parking bays for disabled visitors and other work to be completed. The closure will last until all the planned work is complete and is to ensure that Health and Safety requirements for the site are met.
It has been decided to recognise the significant legacy we were willed by Vida Madell by naming the new hide the Vida Madell hide as this legacy meant we did not need to compromise on what we wanted for the new hide.
The Scrape is now beginning to fill with water:
picture taken on 20th November 2019
pictures from Nik Mitchell taken on 25th October 2019
Photos by Brian Short taken on one of our walks around the Scrape on 19th October:
We had our first members’ activity on 18th October.
Thank you to Michelle Boakes for leading our volunteers workshop day looking at how the project moves forward and how we can judge our successes.
Thank you to all the people who came to help us – there will be other opportunities to help in the future
The excavations are complete. Thank you to Ovendens for a magnificent job.
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Come and see for yourself on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October. Walks at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm each day. Please sign up in the Field Centre. First come First served – 12 places on each walk available.
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 developing this piece of wildlife habitat for the future.
With your help we have already purchased the Scrape field to secure it’s future. We can now develop it further to benefit the flora and fauna in the area. We are going 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.
Excavations – enlarging and remodelling
Following a tendering process, Ovendens have been appointed as the contractor to carry out this excavation work. They started work on 16th September. The Scrape is now closed to everyone for a period of up to four weeks.
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Photos by Nik Mitchell taken on 9th October:
Nearly at the end of the excavation work. Latest of Bill’s photos taken on 8th October.
Latest photos from Bill Martin showing the huge changes taking place so quickly.
Photos taken by Bill Martin on 30th September
Photos taken by Bill Martin on 27th September showing some of the deeper areas being created
Photos taken by Bill Martin on 24th September after the rain and showing the three new islands:
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Photos from 20th September:
WORK HAS STARTED – Pictures taken on the first day of the works – 18th September 2019:
Restharrow Scrape archaeological dig
Below is the basic plan that was submitted with the Planning Application to Dover District Council.
The installation of a Barn Owl box is complete.
We welcomed the Kentish Stour Countryside Project who have generously donated two Barn Owl boxes to SBBOT. One for Restharrow Dunes reserve and one for the Restharrow Scrape project.
Erecting the Barn Owl box:
The Barn Owl box on Restharrow Scrape is viewable from the existing hide.
Members and visitors will be able to enjoy other views of the scrape not only from our existing hide, but also from a second hide with other development plans including the creation of a Sand Martin Bank.
We have so far had meetings to discuss the hide, the excavations, the sand martin bank (with thanks to the family of the late Edward Cowley for a copy of their father’s seminal book on the subject), the path, the disabled parking area, the assistant warden (click here for details of the role) , volunteers, evaluation – how the project is going and how it has been received and basic training for volunteers, Trustees and staff.
The new hide is in production and should be installed during November 2019