Official opening of new wildlife hide on Holy Island

Small geese on Holy Island.
Small geese on Holy Island.

A new wildlife hide, part of the £1.82m Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership Scheme, is being officially opened on Wednesday.

The Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership Scheme and Natural England are pleased to announce the official opening of the new Lough Hide on Holy Island at 10am on Wednesday. A plaque on the building will be unveiled by Lady Rose Crossman.

The new building is in a key location on Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve nature trail, where visitors and the local community can rest, take shelter, watch a range of wildlife such as tufted duck and little grebe, and experience the wonderful environmental assets of this amazing Reserve. Utilising locally sourced materials and local tradesmen, the hide is particularly aesthetically fitting to the local environment.

Lindsay Allason-Jones, Heritage Lottery Fund committee member for the North East, said: "Bird-watching is something everyone can take part in and by making records of what they see add to our knowledge of the birds which live in the British Isles or just visit seasonally. There is nowhere better to birdwatch than on Lindisfarne and now we have an excellent purpose built hide thanks to funds raised by National Lottery players."

Sue Harrison, team leader from Natural England, added: “Lindisfarne is a birdwatcher’s paradise throughout the year, with migrant birds visiting during spring and autumn; and in winter the Reserve is home to the largest gathering of wildfowl and wading birds in the North East. The Lough Hide, with its elevated position, will enable visitors and the local community to experience and view this amazing bird life, as well as our magnificent Northumberland coast and marine environments. Natural England is delighted to be part of this valuable project, which contributes to our ongoing commitment to nature conservation on the Reserve”.

Helen Griffiths, Peregrini programme manager is thrilled with the new site, explaining that ‘the new hide is able to accommodate larger groups and provides full all ability access via the wagon way. Interpretation is a key element of the project and the new hide will include information on the natural environment, wetland habitat and help identify visiting species’.

The Lough Hide has been jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Natural England and is one of a suite of projects being delivered by the £1.82m Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership Scheme.

For further information on the Lough Hide, contact the National Nature Reserve office on 01289 381470. For information on the Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership, call 01668 213086.