Wassand Estate officially opens new bird hide on the edge of Hornsea Mere.

bird hide
bird hide

A nature tourism project which aims to showcase the wonderful array of wildlife which resides in East Yorkshire took another step forward recently as a beautiful timber bird hide was officially opened on the edge of Hornsea Mere.

It is anticipated that in the future, wildlife enthusiasts will be able to enjoy pre-booked tours of the private Wassand Estate in order visit the hide and see the vast range of birds which call the Hornsea Mere home; from water rail and teal to siskin and even bittern, which is one of the UK’s most threatened species. Wildlife enthusiasts are encouraged to look out for future announcements for details of how the public can access the hide or book onto tours.

The bird hide was officially opened on Friday, 25th October when Mr and Mrs Russell of the Wassand Estate invited Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Chief Executive Rob Stoneman and Councillor Jane Evison of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, to officially cut the red ribbon.

Speaking at the opening, Mr Russell said: ‘‘I would like to thank everyone who has been involved with this fantastic project. It would not have happened without the support from LEADER, which provided the grant for the hide. I want to especially thank Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for their continued support and for having really spurred us on over the years. It has been a pleasure to work with all of those involved and I am delighted that the hide is now open as there are some really splendid aspects of wildlife to see in the area. I would also like to thank my estate manager and deputy estate manager for having built the beautiful hide in the first instance.’’

Once inside the hide, the specially invited guests were able to take in the breath taking views of the Mere and see a range of birds, including the rare great white egret.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Chief Executive Rob Stoneman said: ‘‘East Yorkshire is full of fantastic wildlife assets and this bird hide is one such place. There is certainly something magical about it, which was exemplified by the fact that we spotted a great white egret on the mere. Projects such as this enable us to unearth, open and celebrate the wonderful wildlife assets in the area which has to be good for everybody’s way of life and good for the local economy too. I am really pleased that the Trust has been involved in this brilliant project.’’

Councillor Jane Evison said: ‘‘The hide offers amazing views of the mere and an opportunity to see wildlife which was not possible before. This really is a fantastic edition to the East Riding’s wildlife assets. ’’

Terry Smithson, Director of North and East Operations for The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust said: ‘‘Research has shown that with modest investment in Nature based assets we could grow the Nature Tourism economy of eastern Yorkshire from £9m, as it stands now, to over £30m within 10 years. The new bird hide on the edge of Hornsea Mere is a great example of such an investment and is key to helping the Nature Tourism economy grow.’’  

This project delivered in partnership with Yorkshire’s Nature Triangle through Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has been kindly funded by LEADER. Information about the Coast, Wolds, Wetlands & Waterways LEADER programme can be found at www.ruralprogrammeseastyorkshire.co.uk/rdpe. The LEADER programme is being financed by the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development and Defra as part of the Rural Development Programme for England.

For more information on the Nature Tourism Triangle visit: www.yorkshirenaturetriangle.com