A bird hide is exactly what you need if a robin this big jumps in your garden.
Fortunately, this was just Ricky the man-sized robin, a friendly mascot on hand to celebrate the revamping of the bird hide at Millbrook Garden Centre in Station Road, Southfleet, on Saturday .
Ellie, 2, with the Robin mascot at the bug hotel.
The garden centre’s hide was set up two years ago, and has since grown to become a magnet for many birds including blue tits, greenfinches, robins, thrushes blackbirds, greater spotted woodpecker, sparrow hawks and cuckoos.
Now it has been turned into a unique birdspotter’s retreat, decorated with original illustrations by Kirsty Mauritz, the daughter of Sue and Dick Allen, the original founders of Millbrook as well as a bird identification wall and a guide to what plants are on the bank.
Sophie, 6, looks over another of the mini beast sanctuaries.
The grand opening coincided with National Nest Box Week organised by the British Trust for Ornithology, and half-term bird themed children’s workshops.
Visitors on Saturday received a certificate entitling them to a gift or offer on bird care at Millbrook, and children enjoyed a fun treasure hunt around the wildlife garden.
Irene Robson looks out from the new hide.