Re: RFI on Bird Hides

To: Terry Pacey <>, "" <>
Subject: Re: RFI on Bird Hides
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Wed, 05 Mar 2003 17:30:54 +1000
Terry Pacey wrote:
 Even though the site he/she has provided is for commercial bird hides
 (and in Britain) it does mention a very important matter.  Any bird
hide should cater for the disabled.  Wheelchair access should available
and the construction should cater for wheelchairs as well.  It is also
important that seating is available for those who are disabled but not
confined to a wheelchair.
> Anyone constructing a bird hide without taking this into account COULD
 be breaching a number of Acts as well as being extremely inconsiderate.
> Terry Pacey
Well said terry.
May I add that if you are temporarily on crutches, expanded metal
flooring can be almost impossible to cross if the ratio of hole to metal
is high. It is often used on approaches, as it's a good way of keeping
sand and mud out of hide. Slatted boardwalks can also trap crutches and
walking sticks.
The typical 'Minsmere' type hide is very frustrating for younger
children unless eyeslits are provded at a variety of heights -
preferably without a fixed seat in front of them. Holding a child up to
look out of a hole intended for a standing or seated adult is no joke.
Enthusiastic kids should be encouraged, not penalized.

On no account should a hide face due north into the sun, particularly
across water. All you get is silhouettes and eyestrain. East and west
can be pretty bad early and late in the day too.
Anthea Fleming

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