In 2002 SBBOT created Restharrow Scrape, a shallow lake within an area of wet and dry grassland. It's now an ideal place to watch wetland birds raise their broods, long haul migrant waders stopping off on their journeys, hares boxing and many smaller birds coming in to drink and bathe. The Scrape continues to bring surprises, Avocets successfully reared chicks for the first time this year! It has been an absolute pleasure to be able to watch their progress intently from the hide.
We really hope you will be willing to help us in our long-held dream of securing our Scrape for future generations.
Restharrow Scrape is a haven for Wildlife and a very popular part of what we offer at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory, but our lease expires in 2021. If for whatever reason the agreement to renew the lease failed, the Scrape would have to be reverted back into farmland.
This is why we're asking you to help us.
Please help us to raise £60,000 to fund the purchase of the Scrape. In conjunction with this appeal, various fundraising activities such as an Adopt-A-Plot scheme, an Art Auction, and our own financial reserves will be used to complete the purchase.
Any donation you can make will go directly towards securing this piece of wildlife habitat for the future. If we are successful with the land purchase, we also aim to develop the area further to benefit the flora and fauna in the area. We will be making several bids for funding, such as the Heritage Lottery Fund.
If you are as passionate about this project as we are, please share this campaign!
Visit the Observatory's website to see our possible development plans for the Scrape: http://sbbot.org.uk/restharrow-scrape-project/