Goldcliff lagoons were formed in 1999 (I think) in mitigation following the creation of the Cardiff Barrage and subsequent loss of habitat for wading birds. Initially there were viewing platforms for birdwatchers but not hides. Regular birders at the site frequently as for improved viewing facilities but, were told it was not possible to build hides at that time. However, in 20?? Three hides were constructed two on Monkís and one on Becís lagoons. The regular birdwatcher felt that it would have been appropriate if they had been involved with the choice of siting for the hides. We were also unhappy with the fact that viewing birds on Priorís lagoon was very restricted. I therefore decided to request a meeting with Tom Dalrymple Reserve manager to look into the possibilities of having a hide/viewing platform on Priorís lagoon. At the meeting which, I attended with Jon Holmes, Tom outlined in some detail the trials, tribulations and pleasures of managing the reserve. We were delighted when he said that he agreed to make enquiries in respect to having a hide. Following this meeting I had further meetings with Tom where it was determined that a viewing platform could be erected more quickly as it would involve less red tape. The next hurdle to cross was how to get people involved with the project. Jackie suggested that I set up Friends of Goldcliff lagoons so I put this to Tom who agreed it was the best way forward. I therefore put a notice in the hides requesting birders to join and help build the viewing platform. The response was very good and in August 2014 The Friends of Goldcliff Lagoons commenced to build the viewing platform on Priorís Lagoon which was officially opened on 11th September of that year. The members at the time were Brian Thomas, John Marsh, Alan Rosney, Mark Hebden, Ron Eccles, Mike and Jackie Pointon and the late Maurice Chown. Other have joined since. FOGL have been involved with other activates clean ups, survey work, weBS and other counts, and leading birdwatching Groups. We also keep an eye out for anyone disturbing the birds and report any incidents to the reserve staff.