The big birdhouse tour flies to intu Metrocentre

Shoppers will be able to put a little birdhouse in their soul, as a national tour makes its nest at Gateshead’s intu Metrocentre.

From 20 September to 16 October, the centre will be home to 15 giant-sized bird boxes, individually decorated by a flock of famous faces, for the last stop on The Big Birdhouse Tour.

The 16-month tour, created by intu, is a nationwide celebration of British wildlife to inspire everyone to give nature a home and raise money for and awareness of the work of the RSPB, Europe’s largest nature conservation charity.

Celebrities such as Steve Backshall, George Clarke, Jo Whiley, Vic Reeves and Rebecca Adlington have each contributed a design, to create a fun, informative and interactive display.

And, along with chance to explore the birdhouses, shoppers will be able to snap up a range of RSPB bird boxes and badges, while children can take part in a special hide and seek trail.

Eight birdhouses will be hidden throughout the centre and, if they spot them all and solve a puzzle, they will each be given a certificate as a memento of the event.

In 2013, the State of Nature report highlighted that 60 per cent of UK wildlife has declined over recent decades.

Working with intu, the RSPB hopes the interactive tour will highlight the vulnerability of some of Britain’s treasured birds and nature, encouraging individuals, families and communities to take action and protect the future of Britain’s wildlife.


Trail sheets and RSPB Bird boxes and pin badges will be on sale at customer service desks and intu Guest Services.

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