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. As you can see from the map below, 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.
Below is the basic plan that was submitted with the Planning Application to Dover District Council. Work is currently delayed for a few days. WATCH THIS SPACE for up to date news.
Restharrow Scrape archaeological dig
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) and volunteers.
Following a tendering process, Ovendens have been appointed as the contractor to carry out this excavation work. They will be starting work on 19th August, from when the Scrape will be closed to everyone for a period of up to four weeks.