Visitors to a popular wildlife site can now get even closer to nature thanks to a new feature opened in time for the Easter holidays.
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust unveiled their brand new bird hide in the grounds of their Wolseley Centre HQ at a special ceremony on Friday (11 April).
The hide was officially opened by the Trust’s patron, Sir James Hawley, the former Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire.
Guy Corbett-Marshall, Chief Executive of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust said,
“Everybody at the Trust was greatly excited to welcome our patron, Sir James Hawley, to the Wolseley Centre for this special event. This new bird hide will add to the already exciting features we have at the centre, and will enable visitors to get closer to the wide range of wildlife which visit the 26-acre site.”
Sir James had served as the Queen’s official representative for the county since 1993, before retiring from the role in March 2012 after 19 years. He began his patronage of the Trust last year.
The wooden hide, which features a range of viewing windows, a seating area and is wheelchair friendly, was built completely by Trust volunteers.
The bird hide was funded by a £7,500 grant from the Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.
The grant has also funded the installation of two family friendly picnic areas and wildflower planters in the grounds of the popular visitor centre, which attracts over 100,000 visitors per year.
The opening of the bird hide coincides with the unveiling of an exciting range of new features at the Wolseley Centre this Easter. Visitors can enjoy an all-new sculpture trail thanks to funding from the Realise Foundation, and a number of pieces of willow art made possible thanks to cash from The Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Sustainable Development Fund.
The sculpture trail features photos from around the Trust’s 26 nature reserves taken by Lichfield Camera Club.
Designed with wildlife in mind, the grounds of the Wolseley Centre are made up of a number of habitats that can be found in Staffordshire including hay and wetland meadows, woodland and grassland. The grounds attract a large number of native and migrating birds including kingfisher, goosander and little egret.
The Wolseley Centre is located on the A51 between Stafford and Rugeley.
For more information, contact Staffordshire Wildlife Trust on 01889 880100.