Charlie’s hide

New bird watching hide at RSPB Fairburn Ings nature reserve. The original 'Charlie's Hide', named after Charlie Winn, one of the original campaigners for the nature reserve, was burnt down during April 2011 in an arson attack.'Picture show Charlie Winn in the new hide.

New bird watching hide at RSPB Fairburn Ings nature reserve. The original 'Charlie's Hide', named after Charlie Winn, one of the original campaigners for the nature reserve, was burnt down during April 2011 in an arson attack.'Picture show Charlie Winn in the new hide.

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ENTHUSIASTIC bird watcher Charlie Winn has celebrated the reopening of an arson-hit hide at Fairburn Ings nature reserve which has been named in his honour.

The new metal hut – named Charlie’s Hide after retired welder Mr Winn, who has patrolled the nature reserve to protect wildlife against poachers for more than 60 years – was officially reopened on Good Friday. The original hide was destroyed in an arson attack last April.

Mr Winn, of Fairfield Avenue, Fairburn, also an honorary warden of the reserve, said: “The hide is on my favourite part of the reserve and I’ve seen some of the best things on Fairburn Ings from that place.”

Angela Green, visitor services trainee at the reserve, said: “We’re really excited about re-opening the hide.

“Local people, visitors, volunteers and staff were horrified when the hide was burnt down, but the rebuilt Charlie’s Hide will be even better than what was there before.

“The fire hasn’t stopped wildlife from enjoying that part of the reserve, now people will be able to enjoy it again too.”