New £20K. bird hide at Fort George

Work has started on building a new £20,000 bird hide at Fort George in Derry.

The purpose built bird screen at Fort George was destroyed in a malicious fire in August 2012 and, under the Department Of Social Development’s Fort George Infrastructure fund, a new stone clad bird hide will be erected in its place.

Welcoming the start of the construction, Minister Nelson McCausland said: “The bird shelter at Fort George overlooking the Pennyburn Estuary has been greatly missed since it was destroyed.

“The shelter is very popular with ornithologists, schools and local families who use it to observe the rich variety of wildlife in the Foyle.

“The Riverside Walkway, the site of the bird hide, also boasts the only World War II Jetty in Northern Ireland and, last month, I announced £20,000 to repair the jetty after an accident.

“This walkway is one of the best used and most attractive natural amenities in the city. The reinstatement of the purpose built bird hide and the repair of the jetty will further enhance the enjoyment of all those who use the walkway.”