Abbey Farm bird hide

Our bird hide was opened in 1995. It was funded by money awarded to the farm by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust as winners of the Waterlands farmers award in 1993. The hide overlooks wetlands, pastures, scrub and some surrounding arable land. The wetlands are fed by springs which often stop flowing in late summer, so the wetlands can be relatively dry during the autumn

Visiting Abbey Farm bird hide:

  • The hide is open at all times, free of charge
  • It is just off Abbey Road in Flitcham, about half a mile east of the B1153. Please observe a voluntary 20mph limit along all residential parts of Abbey Road – thank you
  • The hide is signposted off Abbey Road (PE31 6BT, OS ref TF73632663 – see map in Contact us)
  • There is car park with five spaces about 50m from the hide.
  • The hide can seat a maximum of ten people. Larger visiting groups are best to contact us for a guided visit
  • There is a donations box near the hide. Any donations are spent on hide maintenance and nearby habitat creation

Disabled/reduced mobility visitors:

  • One parking space is reserved for disabled users
  • There is a concrete path along the 50m from the car park to the hide. The path is not as smooth as we would like and we hope to rectify this soon. However, the path is still passable for wheelchair users
  • Part of the hide is adapted for wheelchair users

Finding more farmland birds:

Just across Abbey Road from the car park entrance there is a gateway with straw bales in. This overlooks some arable land which is worth checking out for Tree Sparrow and Grey Partridge, neither of which are often seen from the hide. BE VERY CAREFUL when crossing Abbey Road

What’s about:

We hope to add occasional brief summaries of wildlife records to the website in the near future

Bird hide with nesting swan

Abbey Farm bird hide