Thursday, 19 June 2014

Barry Porter Memorial Hide damaged by veld fire

Text and photos by Andy Ruffle

damage sustained to front and one side

Unfortunately, a veld fire has raged through the grasslands at the vulture colony causing damage to the hide.

The fire started yesterday afternoon in the Umzimkulu Valley below and jumped up and over the cliffs heading straight for the hide.
Despite the very quick response from Mike's workers, who doused the area around the hide with water, the fire just tore through.
The front and one side has sustained alot of damage and will need the supports and cladding replaced. One roof panel will also need to be replaced.

the interior is relatively unscathed
we came close to totally losing the hide

Incredibly the back, one side and interior are relatively unscathed.
I have contacted the original builder to request a quote for materials and repairs. The outcome of this will determine the way forward.
The hide project does have some funds in the bank, which will hopefully go a long way to covering the repairs.
Unfortunately, we have not been able to find an insurer prepared to insure the structure at an affordable premium, although after this we will have to address the situation.

We will still be able to conduct 2hr vulture viewing visits, which are proving very popular and a good income generator. This will also assist in covering repair costs.

The landowner feels that we have achieved too much thus far, to throw in the towel now and I have to agree with him.

It may take a little time, but we will get the hide fully up and running again.

1 comment:

  1. Such a shame, hope the Vultures are not too shaken up either...