Progress

KAC double rainbow over Scrape 181019Ken Chapman took this picture from the hide on 19th October.

webThe 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.

It has been decided to recognise the significant legacy we were willed by Vida Madell by naming the new hide the Madell hide as this legacy meant we did not need to compromise on what we wanted for the new hide.

  • Hide parts being delivered to the Scrape site 18th November 2019

  • Base being constructed attaching to the plastic wood piles embedded in concrete

  • Base almost complete

  • First side wall going up

  • ready for the roof

  • Roof struts going up

  • Roof under construction

  • Final layer of roof going on

  • Door on

  • The inside

  • the completed hide 20th November 2019

The Scrape is now beginning to fill with water:

picture taken on 20th November 2019

The water is now up to 170 centimetres above mean sea level.

The water is now up to 170 centimetres above mean sea level.

pictures from Nik Mitchell taken on 25th October 2019

  • View towards the Ancient Highway

  • The Scrape from the Deal end

  • Water beginning to separate the islands

  • Water beginning to fill the spaces around the new V shaped island

  • The V shaped island seen from directly above

  • The site of the path to the new hide

  • the existing hide

Photos by Brian Short taken on one of our walks around the Scrape on 19th October:

  • looking from the inland bank towards the Ancient Highway across the Scrape

  • the channel between the inland bank and the V shaped island

  • Looking towards the V shaped island

  • testing the view from the site of the new hide

  • looking from the site of the new hide towards the existing hide

  • the view from the front of the new hide site

  • welcome rain – looking from the maintenance track towards Worth

  • looking from the far (Observatory) side of the Scrape back towards the site of the new hide

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.

Michell and a couple of the groups working on our project evaluation

Michelle and a couple of the groups working on our project evaluation

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.

The deep trench around the perimeter of the Scrape

The deep trench around the perimeter of the Scrape

the site of the new hide marked out

the site of the new hide marked out

Last checks to make sure nothing has been missed

Last checks to make sure nothing has been missed

Almost there:

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Nik Mitchell's picture of the Scrape on 9th October.

Nik Mitchell’s picture of the Scrape on 9th October.

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.

Photo montage from Nik Mitchell showing the comparison between August and October 2019

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:

  • Aerial view

  • The new V shaped islands with the start of the shingle topping

  • New extension showing deep channel and start of shingle area

  • Shaping the outer bank of the new extension

  • the enlarged area of the existing scrape showing the start of the deep channel

  • working on the deep channel looking towards the entrance corner of the scrape.

  • Bill and Steffan checking the latest works

  • and again

Nearly at the end of the excavation work. Latest of Bill’s photos taken on 8th October.

  • Digging the deep channel in front of the existing hide. The base is zero datum. The rest of the scrape is 1.40m above datum.

  • There is a red light on the little yellow box just above the bucket that flashes to tell the operator when he has reached the correct depth

  • The little yellow box communicates with the GPS on the tripod in this photo

  • The V shaped island shaping up on the 8th October

  • new water depth indicator posts by Alastair Henderson. Meadow height is 2.65 metres above datum.

  • The main Scrape depth is 1.40m above datum.

Latest photos from Bill Martin showing the huge changes taking place so quickly.

  • route of the new pathway to the new hide

  • view towards the Ancient Highway from the new hide site

  • another view towards the Ancient Highway from the new hide site

  • View towards the new extension diggings from the entrance corner

  • View of the new extension diggings from the existing hide

  • Digging the new V island viewed from the Observatory end

  • View of the new extension from the new hide site

You can see the digger and dumper working on 2nd October if you click here:
Thank you Nik for this video

LOST PROPERTY:

The archaeologists found nothing but the digger driver found long lost treasure

The archaeologists found nothing but the digger driver found long lost treasure

 

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Aerial photo taken on 29th September by Nik Mitchell showing the extent of the excavations so far

Photos taken by Bill Martin on 30th September

  • The central deep pit newly shaped

  • The creeping willow islands from Graham’s hide

Photos taken by Bill Martin on 27th September showing some of the deeper areas being created

  • Digging the deeper area

  • The deep area is quite large

  • the deep area around the new islands

  • The view from the far side of Graham’s hide is being improved

Photos taken by Bill Martin on 24th September after the rain and showing the three new islands:

  • After the rain looking along towards the existing hide from the Ancient Highway.

  • Looking along the Ancient Highway side

  • Showing the creation of three new islands.

  • Close up of the new islands

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Picture by Nick Smith

Picture by Nick Smith from the excavations on Friday 20th September

Photos from 20th September:

  • Two diggers working together on one of the new areas of the Scrape. Photo by Nick Smith

  • Photo by Nick Smith showing two diggers working together and showing the marker flags

  • The growing bund beside the road photo by Nick Smith

  • Checking levels photo by Nick Smith

WORK HAS STARTED – Pictures taken on the first day of the works – 18th September 2019:

  • The bulldozer being unloaded – photo by Bill Martin

  • One of the diggers arriving – photo by Bill Martin

  • Digger at work – photo by Bill Martin

  • Digger at work from Scrape side – photo by Bill Martin

the Scrape field on 25th August showing the archaeological trenches refilled and the preparation for some of the new islands by the conservation team. Photograph by Nik Mitchell

the Scrape field on 25th August showing the archaeological trenches refilled and the preparation for some of the new islands by the conservation team. Photograph by Nik Mitchell

Restharrow Scrape archaeological dig

plan from Canterbury Archaeological Trust for the archaeological dig at Restharrow Scrape 13th to 14th August 2019

Plan from Canterbury Archaeological Trust for the archaeological dig at Restharrow Scrape 13th to 14th August 2019

  • Our conservation team preparing the site for the trenches

  • The digger arriving while preparation work continues

  • digging a trench

  • a completed trench

  • the trench showing mainly sand

  • a trench filling with water

Restharrow Scrape field from the air 12th August 2019 by Nik Mitchell

Restharrow Scrape field from the air 12th August 2019 by Nik Mitchell. You can see in the near area where the vegetation has been cleared by our conservation team in preparation for the archaeological excavation trenches.

 

Below is the basic plan that was submitted with the Planning Application to Dover District Council.

plans

 

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.

Welcoming the Barn Owl team from Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership

Welcoming the Barn Owl team from Kentish Stour Countryside Project

 

Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership attaching the Barn Owl box to the telegraph pole

Kentish Stour Countryside Project volunteers attaching the Barn Owl box to the telegraph pole.

Erecting the Barn Owl box:

  • Constructing the Barn Owl box

The Barn Owl box on Restharrow Scrape is viewable from the existing hide.

Looking past the new Barn Owl box towards the existing hide.

Looking past the new Barn Owl box towards 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.

volunteers needed

 

 

 

 

The new hide is in production and should be installed during November 2019

Artists impression of new hide to be installed in November 2019

Artists impression of new hide to be installed in November 2019

RHS measuring hide footprint 05 2019