VISITORS to a National Trust castle near Leominster can now admire more of the local wildlife thanks to a new bird hide which opened this winter.

The family-sized bird hide is located in Croft Castle's Fish Pool Valley which contains an area of woodland registered as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Made from a fallen Oak tree by the countryside ranger team, it features adult and child viewing stations, reference guides and weather hatches and is also open to bird watchers of all abilities.

Open every weekend, the hide is an ideal place to see birds which habit freshwater and woodland areas including herons and moorhens and other natives such as great spotted woodpeckers, wrens, tawny owls and sparrow hawks.

For more information on Croft Castle visit, call 01568 780246 or email