Upton Country Park bird hide burnt down in arson attack

upton house
Image caption The house is set in more than 100 acres of woodland

A bird-watching hutch on the grounds of a Grade II-listed Georgian house in Dorset has been burnt down in a suspected act of arson.

Firefighters from Dorset Fire Service were called to the blaze at Upton Country Park in Poole just after midnight.

A spokesman said: "The hut was completely destroyed by fire and the cause is believed to be malicious."

Crews were able to extinguish the fire. Dorset Police were also on the scene.

The park is set in more than 100 acres of woodland home to wildlife such as the song thrush, chiffchaff, woodpecker, osprey and jay.

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