From the purchase of the site which looked like this
to the initial drawings of what it would look like
to the beginnings of the building
to where it is now
A floating viking inspired complex
It is a wonderful place to wander round spotting all kinds of wildlife although bird spotting is very much the favourite. They have just erected a nest on top of a tall pole sited in the middle of the lake in order to attract ospreys. That will be really exciting if they choose to nest there or even just use it as a landing place.
As you might imagine the visitor's center has lots of information on the wildlife on the site and there is a regular update on birds sighted. There is conference room and classroom, even 2 forest school outdoor classrooms for local schools to enjoy. Lots of exciting activities take place throughout the year for all ages. The restaurant's large glass windows give you a fantastic view of the water and means that you can bird spot in the warmth as David was doing when we were there on Sunday. There is a big log burning stove in the middle of the eating area with comfy leather sofas, just right for sitting with a hot chocolate and cake!
Ian is still very much involved with what is happening there, as is his wife who is the Chief Executive of the Trust. On the 21st June last year they along with volunteers build a circle of stones using levers and ropes. We braved the weather to walk up to look at their hard work
I'll leave you with a plan of the site, not that easy to see but it gives you an idea of how it is.