The location is such that the hide can be built in a good position, entered
from the roadside, but still be fenced off from the actual pond and the rest
of the treatment plant, so this will remove the issue of liability and
access restrictions. Access to anywhere other than the hide itself would
still be restricted.
It is on a back, rural road and unlikely to be a particular target for
vandalism, etc., but that is always a risk.
From: Peter Shute
Sent: Monday, 22 March 2010 9:12 AM
Subject: Bird Hides - designs
Publicy accessible? Can you access the treatment plant without keys, etc?
As well as the problem of obtaining plans, have you considered the problem
of vandalism and attracting undesirables, especially as the hide is likely
to be close to the road? Unfortunately, designs that suit birders best also
make hides ideal for teen parties, which can result in vandalism, piles of
broken glass, and disturbance to wildlife.
If that's likely to be a problem then not having a roof or seats should make
them less attractive to non birders, but it would appear that even a simple
paling fence that blocks the wind can make a hide their location of choice.
> -----Original Message-----
> On Behalf Of Bob Cook
> Sent: Monday, 22 March 2010 8:32 AM
> To: 'Birding-Aus Aus'
> Cc: 'Lisa Cox'
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Bird Hides - designs
> Hi all
> Coliban Water in Bendigo, Central Vic, is contemplating
> erecting a publicly accessible bird hide at the Epsom
> Wastewater Treatment Plant. The agreed "best spot" is at the
> well known "Crake Pond", which is right by the roadside. As
> well as supporting a regular population of Crakes & Rails,
> this area also has a population of the endangered Growling Grass Frog.
> I have been asked whether there are any good designs
> available for a bird hide. Obviously we have all visited
> many and have ideas of what works & what doesn't, but does
> anyone have access to drawings of same. Do not have to be
> high quality.
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