Sadolin Classic versatility on show at flagship bird hide

Flagship Birdhide at London Wetland Centre

London Wetlands

A flagship bird hide that provides panoramic views over London has been given a new lease of life with Sadolin Classic. Providing an urban oasis for wildlife and people the London Wetland Centre – located just 10 minutes from Hammersmith – is managed by conservation charity the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT). A landmark building on the site is the Peacock Hide, a three storey structure which is frequented by a range of visitors from experienced birders through to those new to wildlife watching.

The hide also offers a great resource to provide visitors with memorable sightings of key species such as overwintering Bittern, large numbers of overwintering wild fowl and breeding waders such as Redshank and Lapwing. Its location means the building is exposed to severe weather conditions and over the years the timbers had become weathered.

Sadolin Classic was applied to the wood to provide a protective finish. The shade, Smokey Blue, was selected to blend in with the natural environment. Sadolin Classic is a highly versatile Woodstain which is ideal for use on decking, cladding and fencing. It absorbs deeply into the timber to provide exceptional protection against the weather.

Crown Paints donated some of the Sadolin Classic for the project and the paint was supplied through Brewers in Surbiton. Brewers have a long-standing relationship with WWT and also provided support for the restoration through the company’s Spraystore hire division, which lent a spray unit for the application.  John Arbon of WWT London Wetland Centre, said: “The hide is looking terrific now and we’re delighted with the result. We are very grateful for the donation. Peacock Hide is now protected for many years to come and the Sadolin Classic has applied very well.”

The product can also be partnered up with Sadolin Extra for use on new joinery. One coat of Sadolin Classic can be applied under two coats of Sadolin Extra – a durable, translucent wood stain that creates a high-quality finish – for a hard-wearing and highly attractive finish.

Sadolin Classic is featured in episode 2 of the established ‘This Is Sadolin’ video series, which is available on the Classic product section of the website or on the Sadolin Woodcare YouTube channel at

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