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Straw Bale Bird Hide - North Cave

This straw bale bird viewing hide was constructed in 2011 for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at North Cave Wetlands, East Yorkshire. See www.ywt.org.uk. It provides 270 degree viewing over the existing and proposed nature reserves.

The hide is hexagonal in shape with a 10 metre diameter. It has an impressive timber frame with a reciprocal roof which carries over 15 tonnes of soil from the site. Locally grown turf was initially laid to keep the soil in place but over time, native seeds should gradually colonise the roof.

Trust volunteers helped to stack the bales and apply the first coat of lime render inside and out.

To read the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's testimonial please click here.

To view our video click here.

Straw bale viewing hide at North Cave Wetlands3D design of straw bale bird hideFirst element of timber frame craned into positionTimber frame in progressReciprocal timber frame completeReciprocal timber frame decked with OSB Floor joists on block wallsView inside of straw bale hide in progressStraw bale bird hide in progressVolunteers shaping balesYorkshire wildlife Trust volunteers working on straw bale wallVolunteers lime rendering The Straw Bale HideInside the straw bale viewing hideRamps finished up to the new hideInterior finished with local interpretationTruth window and information boards

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