A NEW wildlife viewing platform within the Ayres National Nature Reserve has now been opened to the public.
Situated just behind the Manx Wildlife Trust’s visitor centre, approximately two-thirds of the way up the sand dunes, the viewing platform will allow visitors to the reserve an increased chance of seeing an impressive array of wildlife, including seabirds such as gannets and common, sandwich and little terns as well as seals and other marine creatures.
It has been funded from a grant provided by the Lockington Marshal Trust Fund that was established under the will of the late Bill Lockington Marshal to provide financial assistance to Manx charities.
Two trustees, Sam Alder and David Gawne, performed an official opening ceremony.
Mr Gawne said: ‘As far as the objectives of the Lockington Marshal Trust Fund are concerned, the wildlife viewing platform project ticked all the boxes.
‘It is a truly intergenerational project and in particular it will enhance the learning experience of schools and other groups for young people coming to the Ayres for wildlife education activities.’
MWT director Duncan Bridges thanked the members of the Rotary Club of Douglas and everyone involved in the project for their support.
The wildlife viewing platform will be open all year round, while the Visitor Centre will be open daily from mid May until mid-September.
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