Bird-watchers and nature-loving children in Salford will be able to avoid the rain while watching wildlife after a donation by an Irlam company.
Karl and Steven Daniels, of KAD Build from Irlam, have replaced the leaky roof on the bird hide and classroom at The Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Little Woolden Moss nature reserve near Cadishead.
The 114-hectare swathe of vitally-important mossland is one of the country’s most important ecosystems and home to rare species including the black darter dragonfly and the bog bush cricket.
Now children from the local area and beyond can visit and learn about the transformation from a wasteland landscape decimated by peat extraction to the North’s West’s youngest nature reserve.
Earlier this year The Trust’s Chat Moss Project received a second-hand, heavily vandalised bird hide.
It is keen to restore the bedraggled structure into a community hub and classroom and now backed by a grant from the Irlam and Cadishead Rotary Club the Chat Moss Project team are hard at work with students from Oakwood Academy and Salford City College renovating the interior of the hide into a place people where people can experience the landscape restoration in all seasons.
However, high winds and storms unleashing a battering to the hide causing the roof to almost disintegrate, which allowed damp to damage the inside.
Community engagement officer Lydia McCool spoke to KAD Build and Karl and Steven took on the job as an act of goodwill. Karl’s family-run team specialise in a range of skills from handyman tasks of painting and gardening to large construction jobs like building extensions, landscaping and creating driveways.
Lydia said: “The job was never too much for Karl and his team. Even with the changing elements and his busy schedule, he made time to visit the site a couple of times and the standard of the finished job is more than we could have ever wished.
“He was kind, polite and it’s great when members of the local community, like Karl, see the value of our nature restoration project, for both people and wildlife.”
Karl said: “We loved to work with the Wildlife Trust’s Chat Moss Project and found it a very fun experience. We are happy to help such a good cause.”