Progress

The Scrape immediately before the excavations August 2019

The Scrape immediately before the excavations August 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. 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.

plans

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.

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

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) and volunteers.

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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.

RHS measuring hide footprint 05 2019