'Bird Box Banksy' gets busy in Newport

An anonymous artist dubbed 'Bird Box Banksy' has been raising smiles in a Shropshire town by putting up creatively-decorated bird boxes.

One of the bird boxes that has suddenly appeared in Newport, pictured with mayor Peter Scott
One of the bird boxes that has suddenly appeared in Newport, pictured with mayor Peter Scott

The lovingly-crafted wooden creations have been appearing in Newport, including one in the shape of a person with the epithet 'Bird Man'.

That one was originally put up on an electric pole but was moved to a nearby tree after safety concerns were raised.

The identity of the kind-hearted artist remains a mystery but people have been eagerly looking out for new bird boxes and sharing photos on social media.

Newport's mayor Peter Scott said: "The bird boxes started to spring up about two months ago with the one behind The Larches that looks like a post box.

"Since then at least another half dozen have popped up. No one ever sees who is doing it.

"It’s a mystery but it’s also a bit of fun and has made many people smile. Exactly what is needed in these serious times.

"He/she was christened Bird Box Banksy on Facebook. Where will they pop up next?"

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