VISITORS will be able to look out at the county’s wildlife after the opening of a state-of-the-art bird hide.

The Lookout, at Brockholes Nature Reserve, is a classroom-sized building with windows overlooking the main lake at the Lancashire Wildlife Trust reserve. It was built as an all-weather hide giving excellent views of visiting wildlife and less common birds, mammals and insects.

Reserve officer Duncan Goulder said: “The low lying islands that you can see through the windows are perfect for wading birds.

“Several species that have undergone huge declines nationally have found a home here. Lapwing, redshank, ringed plover, little ringed plover, oystercatcher and common sandpiper all breed here.”

A spokesman for the reserve added: “We thank the Lancashire Environmental Fund for funding the development of the Lookout and also the Friends of Brockholes for their support.”