A new hide has been unveiled at Trewithen Gardens, near Probus, providing visitors with a close up view of birdlife.

The hide, built by the estate carpenter Kevan Stevens, took a week to construct and features various windows looking out onto a range of bird feeders.

Trewithen has an impressive amount of birdlife – in a survey undertaken in 2005 to 2006 57 species were discovered there.

The woods were found to have breeding Tawny Owl, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Marsh Tit as well Long Tailed, Coal, Blue and Great Tits.

A number of other birds feed on the organic pasture that surrounds Trewithen and Little Grebes, a scarce breeding bird in Cornwall, Moorhens and Mallard breed on the pond.

“As a woodland garden, a huge amount of birds are attracted here and are often heard but hardly ever seen,” said Head Gardener Gary Long.

“The hide has been located in a secluded spot to give our visitors the best chance of sighting anything from songbirds such as Greenfinches, Goldfinches and Bullfinches to the Great Spotted Woodpecker and pheasants to name but a few.”

The hide is the latest wildlife development at Trewithen.  In 2012 three red squirrels were introduced into a specially built enclosure in the gardens as part of the Cornwall Red Squirrel Project and are currently the second breeding population in the county.