The Hide, Driffield

A centrepiece for one of Yorkshire's best locations for bird watching

The Hide.
The Hide. Credit: Jim Stephenson

Group Ginger for Yorkshire Water
Contract value: £425,000
GIA: 156.5m²
Cost per m²: £2,716

This is one of Yorkshire’s best locations for bird watching, claiming over 265 species of birds since 1959. As well as the extensive resident population, many migrants are attracted to use the coast and River Humber as a flight path to and from Europe and further afield.

  • The Hide.
    The Hide. Credit: Jim Stephenson
  • The Hide.
    The Hide. Credit: Jim Stephenson
  • The Hide.
    The Hide. Credit: Jim Stephenson
  • The Hide.
    The Hide. Credit: Jim Stephenson
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The new bird hide provides a centrepiece to the reserve, combining a public viewing gallery, a classroom and a 24-hour twitcher’s hide for dedicated ornithologists. Each user group has been provided with a specific space that carefully considers their individual requirements and aspirations. Environmental considerations have influenced the design throughout, from the choice of materials to the wood burning stove that uses materials salvaged from the reserve. Step-free access has been provided by a new earth ramp built by volunteers. This has been located at an angle not visible from the reservoir so as to avoid disturbing the birds.

Yorkshire Client of the Year, sponsored by Tobermore

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