Bird Hides - designs

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Subject: Bird Hides - designs
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 09:42:25 +1100
That sounds like an excellent arrangement, Bob, can you please post location 
details to the list when it's built?  I think the party problem is mostly 
closer to houses.

Is there a problem with seeing over the reeds there?  It's always sad when 
someone builds a nice hide, only to have it become useless a few years later 
because the reeds have grown.  But that might be more of a problem associated 
with rehabilitation projects, where there were no reeds before.

Peter Shute

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bob Cook 
> Sent: Monday, 22 March 2010 9:25 AM
> To: Peter Shute
> Cc: 'Birding-Aus Aus'
> Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus] Bird Hides - designs
> Peter
> 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.
> Regards
> Bob
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Peter Shute 
> Sent: Monday, 22 March 2010 9:12 AM
> To: 
> Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus] 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.
> Peter Shute
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: 
> >  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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