We have got the exciting opportunity to purchase a prime portion of land in the Triangle here in Kilnsea! We have been in discussions over two fields behind Cliff Farm on the west side of the Triangle and are now in a position to progress with the purchase, subject to some fundraising to make it affordable for the Observatory.
2020 has been tough for the Observatory – for much of the year we remained closed and were not able to function at our full potential with events and accommodation. But thanks to the amazing support we have received from our Friends of Spurn and the wider community, we are still able to explore potential land purchase opportunities like this one. We know how hard land can be to come by in our area, so when the opportunity to secure these fields in the Triangle arose, we simply couldn’t turn it down. We have managed to source a substantial amount towards the cost of this land but we just need a small amount of fundraising to get us over the final hurdle.
The land itself is the field immediately adjacent to Cliff Farm, just south of the Kilnsea Road and bordering the Canal on its western edge, and Rose Cottage and Well Field on its eastern edge. This represents 5.5 acres, where we believe we would be able to develop into an amazing field for birds and wildlife!
The sale of this land has not yet been confirmed, but we are very close to being able to secure it. Should, for whatever reason, the sale ‘fall through’ then any money accumulated through the following fundraisers will all be put back into our land bank fund for future land purchases.
We are open to ideas about how to develop this land and will be asking our Friends of Spurn members for consultation, hopefully once we have finalised the purchase. Our initial thoughts are to have a wader scrape in the field, with a hide(s)/screen(s) overlooking it. Our good friend and artist Ray Scally has kindly done the following artist’s impression to show a potential future vision for this parcel of prime birding square-footage.
To go alongside the above fundraisers, we are also looking to raise £2000 to finalise the sale of this land. So far, we have been able to draw £7,500 from our Land Bank fund through the regular ‘Securing the Future’ donations that some of out very generous members have accumulated, to add to the cost of this purchase.
We understand that many people are going through a very difficult time financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why we have tried to ensure our fundraising plan has a range of options to get to the target figure to allow us to purchase the Cliff Farm land, with most of the options giving something back to our supporters.
Our directors have thought long and hard about ways to raise funds for this land purchase and lots of calculations have gone into the finances, with the outcome that we are likely to still need to raise £2000 to confirm the purchase of this land. We are asking that if you are able to do so, please donate to our final fundraiser here. Many thanks for all the support shown by the birding community and beyond.
More information about Spurn Bird Observatory Trust Ltd: Spurn Bird Observatory Trust Ltd is a registered charity. Our aims and objectives are to maintain long term monitoring of bird populations their distribution and migration on the Spurn peninsula and to then disseminate the useful results from study and research in order to conserve wildlife and encourage the breeding of wild birds insects and mammals at Spurn Point
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