Applegarthtown, with its wetland habitat, is internationally recognised for its highly successful artificial sand martin nesting banks.
Applegarthtown Wildlife Sanctuary began in 1984 when a piece of unproductive agricultural land was identified as an ideal site for conversion to a wetland habitat. The intention was to attract a wide range of native and migratory bird species.
The artificial nesting banks have proved extremely successful and the addition of an access chamber has allowed regular scientific and health monitoring of young sand martins. The banks have proved a prototype for several other projects elsewhere in the UK and around the world.
The sanctuary is a good example of how local initiative and a sympathetic landowner can work together to restore waste ground to something which brings pleasure to all who visit.