Funding secured to build storm-resilient hide at Snettisham

Emily Kench

Wednesday 30 May 2018

Sunset at RSPB Snettisham nature reserve

RSPB secures funding needed to build new storm-resilient hide at Snettisham to replace hides destroyed in 2013.

The RSPB’s vision of replacing hides lost in the 2013 storm surge at RSPB Snettisham nature reserve on the Norfolk coast will be realised before the end of the year thanks to a generous grant of £73,500 from FCC Environment through the WREN FCC Community Action Fund, taking funding for the hide to a grand total of £140,000. 

The appeal to raise funds to replace the hides was kick-started by the charity last summer with a month-long Crowdfunder campaign. 366 people supported the appeal, raising a total of £14,801 through online and offline donations.

On the back of the Crowdfunder success, three more community trust grants and further donations from individuals and businesses pushed the total up. This funding, coupled with the money awarded by WREN and FCC Environment, will help the nature conservation charity to replace the two hides destroyed in a devastating storm surge in 2013, with a bigger, better, storm-resilient structure.

RSPB Project Manager, Hayley Roan said: “As you can imagine we are over the moon to receive this funding! We can now achieve the vision of creating a hide that will withstand the pressures of climate change and also encourage future generations to love and understand the very special wildlife and habitats of The Wash.”

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Penny Horne, WREN Grant Manager for Norfolk, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Snettisham - Storm Resilient Hide project and pleased our funding will provide such a fantastic, educational facility for visitors who come from all over the country to see a variety of birds interact with The Wash. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”

RSPB Snettisham nature reserve lies on the edge of the expansive tidal mudflats of The Wash – the UK’s largest estuarine habitat and its most important site for wading birds and wildfowl. 

Every year thousands of people from around the country travel to Snettisham to witness the aerial displays of the tens of thousands of birds attracted to The Wash by the abundance of food in the mud. The positioning of the hide will offer unparalleled views of these special spectacles.

Help name new hide

Hayley Roan: “We now need to choose a name for the new hide. We’d love to hear any suggestions you may have! The hide needs a name to help us identify it geographically for our visitors, and that also conveys the unique and incredible nature of the place and wildlife that people will see.” 

To make a suggestion for the name of the hide please email: by Friday, 15 June, 2018, the project team will then select the best name.   

Last Updated: Tuesday 28 August 2018

Tagged with: Country: England Topic: Wildlife spectacles Topic: Coast and sea Topic: Reserve facilities Topic: Climate change Topic: Reserves