Take a flight of fancy to artistic new bird hide at Millbrook Garden Centre

Sophie Mautitz, six, enjoys the hide

The view from the hide

Malcolm Jennings from RSPB, Graham Huckstepp who is Outdoor Facilities manager at Millbrook, Robin, and Kirsty Mauritz, who drew all the bird designs in the hide.

Sophie Mauritz, six, in the hide

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A BIRD hide has been revamped in Southfleet, devised out of recycled materials and featuring original artwork.

The improved facility at Millbrook Garden Centre in Station Road was unveiled by RSPB representative Malcolm Jennings on February 15 with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The previous, award-winning bird hide was gutted and completely redone with recycled materials.

A huge range of species visit the area including thrushes, blackbirds, greater spotted woodpecker, sparrowhawks, cuckoos and ring-necked parakeets.

News Shopper: Take a flight of fancy to artistic new bird hide at Millbrook Garden Centre

The interior of the hide features colourful illustrations created by Kirsty Mauritz, daughter of Sue and Dick Allen, the original founders of Millbrook.

There is also an information display revealing what different birds do throughout the different seasons and a bird identification wall which explains about the plants on the wildlife bank and which species they will attract.

Outdoor facilities manager Graham Huckstepp said: “The heavens did open as we launched the bird hide but we still had around 30 people come along and we had really positive feedback.

News Shopper: Sophie Mauritz, six, in the hide

“The next day a lot of people came along to have a look at it as well so we’re really pleased.”

For more information, visit millbrookgc.co.uk

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