£14k hide torched at Brockholes nature reserve

Wildlife officer Steve Ambler and Jonathan Fry examine the charred remains

Wildlife officer Steve Ambler and Jonathan Fry examine the charred remains

First published in News

YOBS have been slammed for torching a £14,000 birdwatchers’ hide at a popular nature res-erve.

Bosses at Brockholes. in Samlesbury, said the damage was the latest in a series of ‘heartbreaking’ incidents at the site in the past year after it opened following a £9.5m development.

Firefighters tackled the blaze, at the Peninsular Hide, in Brockholes Nature Reserve, in the early hours of Sunday, but they could not save the building.

Staff at the Lancashire Wildlife Trust res-erve were today assessing the damage. Only the metal frame is still standing.

General manager Kath Knight said: “It’s very disappointing that this is the way that some members of the local community abuse the site, and they are spoil-ing it for themselves, as well as their friends and family.

“These people are selfish.

“This is a hide for all of the local community, as well as the thousands of visitors we get from further afield.

“Not only is the hide a facility for birdwatchers, it serves as a place where people can rest if they are walking, or cycling, and is a shelter in the wet weather.

“The numbers of visit-ors are growing all the time, and this is a great loss to the reserve.”

Kath said that all the hides at Brockholes have been subject to attacks, including fires, broken windows, graff-iti, and other anti-social behaviour. She said: “As a nature conservation charity, we cannot aff-ord this kind of attack.

“These hides have been funded by individuals wanting to do their bit for wildlife.

“Now we have to go to them and explain that the hide has been destroyed.”

Police have increased their patrols at Brockholes recently, and staff are asking volunteers and members of the public to be vigilant, and to report any anti-social behaviour to the police.

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6:14pm Tue 7 Aug 12

Wishingwell says...

I would never condone unlawful behaviour but when there is millions to be found for birdwatching schemes and there is serious financial hardship just 1k up the road its hardly surprising there maybe some resentment within local youngsters.
As far as I have always been concerned Birdwatching never needed more than a pair of eyes and a brain, and maybe a pair of binoculars. Sounds to me like completely out of touch Politicians to me
I would never condone unlawful behaviour but when there is millions to be found for birdwatching schemes and there is serious financial hardship just 1k up the road its hardly surprising there maybe some resentment within local youngsters. As far as I have always been concerned Birdwatching never needed more than a pair of eyes and a brain, and maybe a pair of binoculars. Sounds to me like completely out of touch Politicians to me Wishingwell
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6:21pm Tue 7 Aug 12

useyourhead says...

Wishingwell wrote:
I would never condone unlawful behaviour but when there is millions to be found for birdwatching schemes and there is serious financial hardship just 1k up the road its hardly surprising there maybe some resentment within local youngsters.
As far as I have always been concerned Birdwatching never needed more than a pair of eyes and a brain, and maybe a pair of binoculars. Sounds to me like completely out of touch Politicians to me
I can't see where it says it was funded with public money?
[quote][p][bold]Wishingwell[/bold] wrote: I would never condone unlawful behaviour but when there is millions to be found for birdwatching schemes and there is serious financial hardship just 1k up the road its hardly surprising there maybe some resentment within local youngsters. As far as I have always been concerned Birdwatching never needed more than a pair of eyes and a brain, and maybe a pair of binoculars. Sounds to me like completely out of touch Politicians to me[/p][/quote]I can't see where it says it was funded with public money? useyourhead
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6:36pm Tue 7 Aug 12

Wishingwell says...

It was demanded as part of the agreement to quarry and has therefore been paid for by anybody who has had to pay for the finished product and that is road users home owners and renters. basically anyone who has inadvertently benefited from the product.
It was demanded as part of the agreement to quarry and has therefore been paid for by anybody who has had to pay for the finished product and that is road users home owners and renters. basically anyone who has inadvertently benefited from the product. Wishingwell
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7:39pm Tue 7 Aug 12

accy lad and proud says...

They should have Hid it better !
They should have Hid it better ! accy lad and proud
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9:35pm Tue 7 Aug 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

accy lad and proud wrote:
They should have Hid it better !
lol
[quote][p][bold]accy lad and proud[/bold] wrote: They should have Hid it better ![/p][/quote]lol Michael@ClitheroeSince58
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10:55pm Tue 7 Aug 12

halcyondaze says...

Wishingwell wrote:
I would never condone unlawful behaviour but when there is millions to be found for birdwatching schemes and there is serious financial hardship just 1k up the road its hardly surprising there maybe some resentment within local youngsters.
As far as I have always been concerned Birdwatching never needed more than a pair of eyes and a brain, and maybe a pair of binoculars. Sounds to me like completely out of touch Politicians to me
So how is Deepdale still standing?
[quote][p][bold]Wishingwell[/bold] wrote: I would never condone unlawful behaviour but when there is millions to be found for birdwatching schemes and there is serious financial hardship just 1k up the road its hardly surprising there maybe some resentment within local youngsters. As far as I have always been concerned Birdwatching never needed more than a pair of eyes and a brain, and maybe a pair of binoculars. Sounds to me like completely out of touch Politicians to me[/p][/quote]So how is Deepdale still standing? halcyondaze
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1:17pm Wed 8 Aug 12

ladysal says...

Wishingwell wrote:
I would never condone unlawful behaviour but when there is millions to be found for birdwatching schemes and there is serious financial hardship just 1k up the road its hardly surprising there maybe some resentment within local youngsters. As far as I have always been concerned Birdwatching never needed more than a pair of eyes and a brain, and maybe a pair of binoculars. Sounds to me like completely out of touch Politicians to me
I'm guessing you've never been there then. There is far more to the place than just a hide. As for "local youngsters": the nearest housing is at least half a mile away and probably more: its right next to the motorway!!
[quote][p][bold]Wishingwell[/bold] wrote: I would never condone unlawful behaviour but when there is millions to be found for birdwatching schemes and there is serious financial hardship just 1k up the road its hardly surprising there maybe some resentment within local youngsters. As far as I have always been concerned Birdwatching never needed more than a pair of eyes and a brain, and maybe a pair of binoculars. Sounds to me like completely out of touch Politicians to me[/p][/quote]I'm guessing you've never been there then. There is far more to the place than just a hide. As for "local youngsters": the nearest housing is at least half a mile away and probably more: its right next to the motorway!! ladysal
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