This oak framed bird hide provides an excellent bird watching location on the edge of Llangorse lake in Powys.
Prince’s Foundation Summer School
This building was designed during the 2011 Prince’s Foundation Summer School and built during the 10 week ‘Live Build’, part of the Building Craft Apprenticeship programme. Jonny worked with fellow students and master craftspeople to construct this green oak framed bird hide.
Natural Traditional Materials
The roof is covered with Pembrokeshire water reed thatch, grown by master thatcher Alan Jones. The thatch we used had been grown in similar climatic conditions to the site, which ensures longevity. There is a capping on the roof, made of Western red cedar shingles. These will protect the thatch beneath, and will eventually weather down to natural silver-grey colour, similar to the oak.
The walls are clad in oak boards on the outside, and woven timber panels internally. The rafters are visible internally, so you can see the roof structure and the underside of the thatch. A decorative stained glass window features some birds commonly spotted on the lake.
Accesible to All
It was really important that this structure was as accessible as possible. The ramped boardwalk allows wheelchair access to the bird hide, and the raised structure means that it is accessible throughout the year.
Head to our blog for the full construction story.