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80,000 twitchers' haven to open
An artist's impression of the bird hide
The bird hide will be made from Welsh oak
A nature reserve at the site of a 12,000-year-old peat bog is to open a new 80,000 bird hide.

The state-of-the-art twitchers' haven at Cors Caron National Nature Reserve near Tregaron, Ceredigion, will open in February.

Some of the UK's most endangered birds such as hen harriers, red kites and lapwings, are seen at the reserve.

Run by the Countryside Council for Wales, it said the hide would provide unprecedented views of bird life.

Paul Culyer, Cors Caron senior reserve manager, said the hide would be a "conceptual design" and made from sustainable products such as Welsh oak.

"At the moment we don't have a proper bird hide so large numbers of visitors have nowhere to shelter from the elements," he said.

A red kite in flight
Hen harriers
Whooper swans
Peregrine falcons
Little egrets
Flocks of teal and wigeon
Red kites

"We have quite a few school parties visiting us and other groups so the hide will improve things for them and hopefully make the whole experience more enjoyable."

The 2,000-acre reserve currently attracts 20,000 visitors per year and is regarded as one of the finest raised bog systems in Britain.

The hide is funded by the European Union's Objective One programme.

In 1993, Cors Caron was placed on a list of wetland sites of international importance.

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