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Hay Bridge Nature Reserve

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Please be aware that the Society Committee have decided that new membership applications are temporarily suspended with effect from 15th July 2019.

This is due to memberships reaching an unsustainable level with regards the facilities and resources of the Reserve. Updates will be posted to this page when we re-open the application process. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your support!

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Membership of the Hay Bridge Society is open to anyone with an interest in wildlife and the natural world. Individual membership costs £15 per annum and Family membership costs £20 per annum. Membership application forms are sent via email, please contact Members can visit the Reserve as often as they wish during daylight hours, either to walk around the Reserve, or make use of the car park and walk in the valley surrounding the Reserve, or just to sit by the study centre and enjoy the peace and quiet. It is actually quite amazing what a wealth of wildlife can often be seen from the Study Centre terrace, without walking anywhere. Part of the terrace is roofed, so you can even sit out when it is raining if you so choose.

There are drink making facilities and toilets accessible at all times and, of course, the Study Centre itself is open when the Warden is on site.

HOURS OF ACCESS: Members may visit the reserve at any time during hours of daylight (6am to 9pm in the summer) without prior arrangement and are welcome to bring their friends.
Serious wildlife watchers are very welcome to come earlier or later than this, but for security reasons, please call and arrange it with the Warden beforehand, as we need to advise the occupants of both Low Hay and High Hay so they know who you are. People wandering around at dawn and dusk might be mistaken for poachers!

CARS: Please leave your car in the Members’ car park, displaying your car park ticket on the dashboard. The road is very narrow and cars parked on the verges, or in passing places can cause problems for others.

CHILDREN: For safety reasons, and to ensure minimum disturbance to wildlife etc., children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Notes for parents: We offer a very warm welcome to children at Hay Bridge, but please remember that there may be other members on the reserve, and respect their peace and quiet. It is worth pointing out to children that their best chance of spotting wildlife is to be as quiet as possible, and the local park or playing fields is probably the best place to let off excessive steam – but don’t worry, we don’t expect miracles! On a point of safety, children must not be allowed to climb on log piles or walls.

DOGS: Well behaved dogs are allowed on the Reserve, but they must be kept on a short lead at all times.

LITTER: Please take your litter home if possible, or use the bin provided in the Car Park or the Members’ area.

MEMBERS’ FACILITIES: These are situated on the lower side of the building (the last door on the right at the far end of the lower terrace). There are two toilets, including one for wheelchair users, and hand washing facilities. There is also a rest area, with kettle, tea and coffee etc. available for members’ use, together with chairs, information and the Log Book. Please record your sightings – they are very useful for our wildlife records. This area is always open for your use, please leave it clean and tidy, switch off the kettle and all lights and close the door when you leave.

THE STUDY CENTRE: Originally a traditional Lakeland Stone Barn, the Study Centre was converted into a Deer Museum and Naturalists Study in the early 1970’s. In 2007, it underwent refurbishment to form a Study Centre and Interpretation Centre for all the flora and fauna to be found on the Reserve. It now houses information, field guides, species lists and exhibits relevant to Hay Bridge, and is for use by visiting schools, groups and Society members.
The study centre is usually open when the Warden is on site. You are more than welcome to use the field guides on the Reserve, but please return them to the Study Centre before you leave the Reserve. Equipment i.e., collection pots, magnifying glasses, microscopes, dipping nets, bat detector, moth trap etc) are available for use by arrangement.

EMERGENCIES: When the Warden is on site the office and study centre telephones are available for emergency use and there are First Aid Kits in the rest area and the study centre. The nearest Public Telephone is in Bouth village. Emergency information is displayed just inside the members’ area door.