Work is due to start tomorrow, Tuesday 12th February to replace the steps on the Scott Hide with a fully compliant access ramp. This work is scheduled to take all week during which time the hide will be out of action. This is the final phase of our ambition to make Belvide fully accessible for all our members. The Steps on Gazebo Hide will also be replaced but this will only take one day. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused to members during works.
The menu bar at the top of the page shows a new page for Belvide Ringers, the first post on which is their fascinating ringing report at Belvide for 2018. There is also a link there to the new Belvide Ringers website. You will also find this link in the links column on any page of this site.
Going forward we will post information about the group’s ringing activities at Belvide including opportunities for WMBC club members and their families to come along to the reserve and observe the ringers in action.
A red letter day for Belvide. Why? Because the Club’s Management Committee have agreed to upgrade the stairs on our Scott hide and replace them with a fully compliant access ramp and today I placed the order!
Belvide currently already has four accessible bird hides and a fully accessible route running from our car park right through to the Hawkshutts Hide (a distance of 2178metres). This is not to mention our two fully accessible toilets. Until now, however, our Scott Hide has remained inaccessible to those for whom stairs are a problem. This upgrade will mean that the view over the reedbed from our Scott Hide can be enjoyed by all our members not to mention closer views towards the dam and access to the main reserve notice board and suggestions box. Installation of the ramp is due at the end of January/beginning of February 2019 and we believe it will be the ‘icing on the cake’ for our accessibility for all project.
Work has also taken place on the reserve map and an updated version showing all the recently added features will be released as soon as the access ramp is completed.
We are pleased to announce that our contractor has now completed work extending the main reserve footpath to a superb standard giving full access to our Hawkeshutts hide. The existing footpath, which runs from the Scott Hide along the reservoir as far as the West End Hide, has been cleaned off and where it was in the worst condition, around Gazebo bay, drainage has been installed and the path widened which should prevent it becoming muddy in future. The remainder of this existing footpath will now be left to settle over winter and, should it prove necessary, a top dressing will be applied in Spring. The path that runs from the car park through the wood to the Scott Hide is equally accessible but currently getting its annual fall of leaves which will be dealt with as promptly as practicable by the volunteer team but ironically currently this is the worst part of the entire route.
Four hides at Belvide are fully accessible. These are the Woodland Hide, The Andrew Chappell Hide, downstairs of the West End Hide and the most recently added Hawkeshutts Hide. Together with the recently installed fully accessible toilets (one on the car park and a second situated by the Gazebo hide) this now makes Belvide accessible for members with mobility restrictions.
The route was tested out by a member on his mobility scooter this week who reported that he was, for the first time, able to reach and access the Hawkeshutts hide and enjoy the wonderful facility that hide provides. We are proud of what has been achieved but would welcome input from members to enable us to maximise these benefits. Feedback could include observations regarding remaining obstacles to access or suggestions for further improvements. Please contact me by leaving a comment below or at email@example.com including your phone number.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Sue and The Belvide Management Team.
At long last our plans are coming to fruition and our contractor will start work tomorrow, Monday 25th September, on restoring the reserve main footpath. This will be followed by work to extend this path from the West End Hide through to the lane which leads to the Hawkeshutts Hide, making a fully accessible route. Depending on weather conditions this work may take up to two weeks.
During this time members must comply with all health and safety restrictions.
Updates will appear on this site and on Steve’s daily Belvide Birding blog.
We are happy to report that our new compost toilets are now open for use. If people treat them with the respect they deserve and leave them as they find them they will give us years of service. I have already had lots of enquiries about how the toilets work and the notices in the toilets give further details and can be read using the link below.
Belvide toilet notices March 2017
We are delighted to report that both Eco toilets were installed over the weekend. The manufacturers, Natsol, will be sent the installation photographs today showing that everything has been carried out correctly. They will then issue their guarantees.
All that remains for us to do is to clean the floors and give them three coats of sealant which will be carried out this week weather permitting.
Once we get the go ahead from Natsol and the floors are sealed and dry, hopefully by next weekend, the toilets will be unlocked and in use. In the meantime the portaloo remains for use in the car park.