If you have visited the Moreletakloof Nature Reserve recently, you would have noticed our lovely new bird hide.
In the article below, BirdLife South Africa shares some interesting facts about bird hides, as well as a comprehensive manual on how to build a universally accessible bird hide. The Moreletakloof Nature Reserve’s hide is one of the plans that they share.
“In order to promote birdwatching, BirdLife South Africa realises that facilities such as hides and boardwalks are needed. Not only do these allow people to get close to birds, thus allowing the viewing of secretive species and providing bird photography opportunities, but they ensure that the impact on the environment, for example through limiting access across sensitive wetland habitats, is minimised.
It is important for bird hides to be carefully designed, properly constructed and well maintained. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and some hides have been poorly planned and built, and despite original good intentions often fall into disrepair. Sadly, many hides are also not accessible to everyone, such as to people who are visually impaired, in wheelchairs, or the elderly who have difficulty walking. In order to assist potential bird hide builders with the building of bird hides a document with the title “A guide to build universally accessible bird hides” was drafted and can be downloaded below. The document of 31 pages contains information about the planning, construction and maintenance of bird hides as well as sketches, technical drawings and more than 40 photographs to illustrate the text.”
For more, click here: http://www.birdlife.org.za/conservation/iba/657