A photograph taken by Nik Mitchell on our Open Day 25th August 2019. It shows the Field Centre and all the reserves we own and/or manage.
We own and rent several areas around the Sandwich Bay estate which our voluntary conservation team manage under the direction of the conservation committee for the benefit of the flora and fauna of the area.
The jewel in the crown is Restharrow Scrape which was created in 2002. Subsequent to our recent award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and public donations for the Restharrow Scrape Project, SBBOT has now purchased this area for further development. It is an ideal place to watch Lapwings and Little Grebes raise their broods, and in 2018 Avocets bred here for the first time. Hares can be seen boxing in the adjacent grassland and many smaller birds such as Linnets and Wagtails come to drink and bathe. Find more about out plans HERE.
On the opposite side of the road is Restharrow Dunes Nature Reserve. The area has a considerable entomological, botanical, geological and ornithological interest. One of the main reasons for attracting grant-aid was the occurrence of a tiny moth, a leaf miner on the rare Dwarf Willow, Stigmella Zelleriella, found nowhere else in Great Britain. It is primarily a botanical reserve of grazed dune grassland with the three gullies and an Elm plantation.
Other recent projects include creating a new dragonfly pond, hedgerows for birds, developing a wildflower meadows.
All of the areas above are accessible to the public. Please note that some parts of our wider recording area do have some areas with restricted public access. Please don't hesitate to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.
You can find out more about each part of our recording area by clicking the images below 👇