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High end hide luxury (1 Viewer)

After the basics are sorted , what level of comfort and luxury would the high end birder expect or even want .. is better always better ...
 

Phil Andrews

It's only Rock and Roller but I like it
The hide on the Eden Estuary (at Guardbridge?) has heating and possiby even carpet from memory
 

Phil Andrews

It's only Rock and Roller but I like it
In all fairness as long as the hide is watertight and has a confortable seating / window arrangement I am far more concerned about the about it overlooks
 
The view is fairly guaranteed ... the Berney mudflats one side and rspb berney arms the other .. so how. high end is high end ...wish list stuff ... coffee machine/ tea and biscuits must go in but what else
 

Nutcracker

Stop Brexit!
.... is better always better ...
No; heated hides = insulation necessary = glass windows = poor quality viewing, particularly for photos :t:

(or if heated but without insulation, dreadful shimmer as warm air inside mixes with cold air outside . . . and a huge waste of fuel)
 

jurek

Well-known member
Coffee machine is a great idea :) But a coin operated bird food dispenser might be even better.

For me:
- Seats which can be moved forward and back to accommodate both bins and tripod viewing
- Windows which are high enough that people standing and sitting with different height can use both
And most important: that hide is in the place where birds are actually close to it, not just some overlook of a lot of reeds. In some places it would be great to have e.g. a hide with a long corridor through the reedbed right to the water edge.

Actually a hide can be arranged to bring birds close to it. For example a small island right in front of a waterbird hide, or even few floating tree trunks or a wooden pallet drifting in front.
 
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Nutcracker

Stop Brexit!
Two things I'd want, that are surprisingly rare: doors and shutters that can be opened and closed silently :t:
 

MTem

Well-known member
I am always surprised how many hides face south here in the UK - so for a good chunk of the day you are facing into the sun (if there is any!).
East is East and West is West ..... but North is Best!
 
So good all round vision with silent window mechs , fully adjustable seating , coffee / tea , good view .... what about sharing ... would some birders prefer hide company or solitude .....
 

Sandra (Taylor)

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So good all round vision with silent window mechs , fully adjustable seating , coffee / tea , good view .... what about sharing ... would some birders prefer hide company or solitude .....

There are proper chairs & cushions in the Flitcham hide!! Wonder if a certain VIP visits it!
 

Steve Lister

Senior Birder, ex County Recorder, Garden Moths.
United Kingdom
It would be nice to have a sign somewhere prominent 'Please be considerate to other hide users'.

Shouldn't be necessary, but often is.

Steve
 

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