Coventry & Warwickshire

Kingsbury Water Park: Burnt down bird hide is replaced

A new bird hide has been opened at a Warwickshire park nearly a year after the old one was burnt down.

North Warwickshire's Kingsbury Water Park's old bird hide was gutted in an arson attack last December.

The hide was situated to give visitors a view of birds and other wildlife in Cliff Pool.

The new hide has been built by Warwickshire County Council's parks team and has been opened to the public this week.

'Malicious vandalism'

Paula Cheesman, Warwickshire County Council's parks manager, said: "We despair over such mindless attacks on our parks infrastructure, as the culprits obviously have no concern about the cost of the damage they are causing.

"As a council service we are under as much financial pressure as any other service, and this kind of malicious vandalism drives up our costs and ultimately means we cannot keep our prices low for visitors.

"The result is that everyone else ends up paying for it, except those responsible.

"We hope visitors will enjoy the new hide and that it will be used for the purpose intended - watching the wonderful wildlife in peace and tranquillity."

Warwickshire Police have increased their patrols in the area at evenings and weekends following a number of incidents of anti-social behaviour.

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