Posted on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
The GBG would like to thank the BBC Wildlife Fund for a grant to replace our old hide. Our original hide was put in place six years ago and since then has hosted over 10,000 visitors to the project and been exposed to the wildest weather of Salisbury Plain.
Little did we realise when we first began, just how many people would want to come and visit us to see the birds. As a result, the old hide had always been something of a tight squeeze. Our new hide is twice the size but sits within the old footprint as it doesnt need the screening either side, to obscure the Land Rovers and visitors. And, once it has a coating of green preservative it will blend into the hillside in just the same way as the old.
Thanks must also go to PCL construction company for building the hide and managing to fit it into their schedule so quickly, before the bird breeding season gets fully underway. In fact there was so little disturbance in replacing the hide that a male Great Bustard was even seen displaying in the pen, opposite!
It remains the only wildlife hide on Salisbury Plain and still offers the same unparalleled views of Great Bustards and all the other speciality birds of the area. If you want the best views of Great Bustards and Stone-curlews in the country, and all from the comfort of a brand new hide then now is a great time to visit.