It was a special feeling today approaching the hide on a foggy morning and seeing it almost complete.

No doubt there will be remarks that there are few birds and, while the vegetation still recovers from the fire, that is probably true but we hope that the hide will provide a tranquil place just to sit for a while and gaze out at the mountain and the beauty around.

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Without seats you can’t sit so we added some benches today, the usual rustic masterpieces made from burnt Widdringtonia trees from the Arboretum.

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and it gave an immediate homely feeling, especially with the special pied crow handles on the sliding windows.

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It is another feather in our chairman’s cap for being the inspiration and most capable assistant in this whole project. She has every reason to smile.

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There are still a number of things to be done in due course to improve the stability and the approach to the walkway. In good time as there is much work in the nursery and elsewhere to be caught up with.

We hope the hide will be an asset to the Reserve for a good time to come and that we’ll see many positive remarks in our visitors book.