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Willington Sandmartin Hide and Reed Beds

Location: Burton upon Trent. Derbyshire.

To create new shallows, ditch and reed bed planting. To purchase and construct a new hide using a selection of best value flat-pack bird hide which is easily deliverable and the erection of a new interpretation panel.

The project was to enhance the visitor experience on this important wetland nature reserve by providing a new interpretation panel at the entrance to the reserve, replacing an existing viewing platform sitting above a sand martin wall with a new bird hide with seating to provide views across the reserve including newly created areas of reed bed, shallows and ditch around the hide to help draw wildlife closer in the long term.


The new hide is made of timber from sustainably managed forests. The landscape expertise of the contractor will ensure that the excess material is placed on appropriate land in a sustainable way. The majority of this material from lowered ground was deposited to create new reed beds. The new habitat is maintained as part of the overall Reserves management.

Community members benefiting

The hide is open via a free permit system to a range of visitors and regular users. Visitor numbers have appeared to have increased and the hide regularly has 10 plus people a day increasing at weekends. This approximates to over 360 people a year using the facility.

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