Volunteers fund and build new bird hide at Lackford Lakes

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An unusual bird hide has been opened at Lackford Lakes nature reserve thanks to generous volunteers.

The hexagonal Steggall’s Hide was funded by volunteers Paul Holness and Val Wallis and put up with the help of 13 others at the Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve.

It is named after Peter Steggall who was a champion of making the old gravel workings a reserve in the 1980s and with Bernard Tickner gifted it to the trust.

The hide is hexagonal because it is on a promontory between two lakes so it gives a good all-round view.

Will Cranstoun, SWT’s West Suffolk sites manager, said: “All the work has been carried out by our volunteers which has meant that we have been able to provide this new hide at a sixth of the price it would have cost had we used contractors.”