Habitat Observatory

The Observatory forms part of Kew’s developing environmental education programme. It is designed to hold an average School group of thirty children with group leaders. The Observatory provides views and interpretation to six distinct habitat zones within the conservation area. It was positioned so that each of the six viewing apertures looks onto a different habitat or feature each with it’s own interpretation: Hazel Coppice; Badger sett entrance; Gravel pit; Pool; Acid grassland; Mixed woodland;

The structure is used for evening & Night-time Badger watches. Over 2Km of Welsh oak from the Towy Valley has been used throughout the structure and was woven in it’s green state. The lower 500mm section is filled with sub-soil and will be planted with shade tolerant plants – Ferns & Honeysuckle. The upper section of weave contains dead hedge; material which will act as a sanctuary for invertebrates and small mammals as well as providing sound insulation.