The Trust is creating the two new bird hides at the NDC which it manages at Thatcham near Newbury.

The Trust is also enhancing the margins around the island in the NDC lake to attract more wildlife, putting up new display boards and installing new trail markers on the woodland walks around the site – and the local community will be asked to get involved at every stage.

The £125,000 funding for the works is all coming from waste company Grundon, through the Landfill Communities Fund, which allows firms to pay less landfill tax if they contribute to environmental projects.

The first bird hide will be built in woodland a short walk from the NDC building, and feeding stations will be created in front of it so that people can observe a wide variety of garden birds.

The second hide will be installed at the edge of the lake to offer a perfect view of the island – which is a protected area for black-headed gulls and also home to cormorants, kingfishers and great crested grebes – and also the recently-installed tern nesting raft.

The new hide will also give a perfect view of the 60 metres of new margins around the island which are being created out of coconut fibre coir pallets, with marginal water plants like reeds, purple loosestrife and yellow flag iris planted in them. These will attract more invertebrates such as dragonflies and damselflies, which will in turn attract more birds to the lake.

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