Gouthwaite Wildlife Centre - Please let us know your views

Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Gouthwaite Reservoir Credit: alh1 (Flickr) Gouthwaite Reservoir Credit: alh1 (Flickr)

A series of drop-in consultation sessions are scheduled for January offering an insight into a proposal to build a small, unmanned, centre on the shore of Gouthwaite Reservoir to provide opportunities for bird watching, finding out about the area’s wildlife and signposting visitors on to other tourism destinations in the dale.

Do you agree with the idea of having a Wildlife Centre?
Is the design right?
Have your say:
Complete the survey to register your support or any concerns.

The Gouthwaite Wildlife Centre is a joint project between Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Nidderdale AONB, Yorkshire Water and Nidderdale Birdwatchers.

The project team would like to hear the views of as many people as possible about the Wildlife Centre plans.

Details of the plans can be viewed on the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership website: uppernidderdale.org.uk

We'd really value your feedback

Have your say via the online survey .Please do offer any concernsyou may have and, just as importantly, please also complete the survey to express your supportfor the proposal.

The deadline for sending in your comments is Wednesday 31 January 2018.

Why build a Wildlife Centre?

This project was conceived during the development of the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership HLF-funding application by the Nidderdale Birdwatchers, Yorkshire Water and Nidderdale AONB in 2013. A Wildlife Centre was proposed that would be a place to watch and learn about Nidderdale’s wildlife, to find out why the reservoir is there; to discover what other activities and attractions are available in the dale. In addition to providing access to nature and fantastic views, the wildlife centre will provide a venue for small training events and activities where people can learn about and be inspired by what Nidderdale has to offer.

Landscape and ecology

The proposed building would be situated on the western shore of Gouthwaite Reservoir Site of Special Scientific Interest in Upper Nidderdale, within the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The reservoir is an important site for breeding wildfowl, passage and wintering birds. Construction of the building will take place at the end of breeding bird season and before the winter migrants arrive to minimise disturbance. Where possible, sections of the building will be pre-constructed off-site to ensure the construction period on site is a short as possible. The planned location of the building makes use of the existing topography of the site to reduce its visual impact. The building will, however, be visible from the road for approximately 100 metres to the north and south. The building will also be visible from the eastern side of Gouthwaite Reservoir (e.g. to people walking the Nidderdale Way). The building will be constructed from timber, which will fade over time to a natural grey/silver colour.

If you would like to find out more about the proposal and have the opportunity to register feedback, we hope you will be able to attend one of the following drop-in sessions where a member of the project team will be on hand to answer any queries you may have:

Drop in Consultation sessions: Gouthwaite Wildlife Centre

Thursday 11 January 2018
Between 18.00hrsand 21.00hrs
Ramsgill Village Hall, Ramsgill, nr Harrogate
Please click here for event details

Friday 19 January 2018
Between 11.00hrsand 13.00hrs
Nidderdale Plus, Pateley Bridge
Please click here for event details

Saturday 20 January 2018
Between 11.00hrsand 13.00hrs
Nidderdale Plus,Pateley Bridge
Please click here for event details

Details of the proposal can also be viewed between Monday 15 Januaryand Monday 29 January, during normal opening hours at the How Stean Gorge Cafe, Lofthouse, near Harrogate and the Nidderdale AONB office, King Street, in Pateley Bridge.

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