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A view down Eccleston Street in Prescot, with the new mural visible above the Prescot Shopping Centre. The mural shows blue skies and tropical birds in a tree.

New artwork unveiled in Prescot

by Lisa Bennett

A new mural has been unveiled in Prescot town centre.

The artwork above the entrance to Prescot Shopping Centre on Eccleston Street, brings a new addition to the high street.

It is inspired by the towns fascinating links to Shakespeare and the use of birds within his works – sixty-four different species of birds can be found within Shakespeare’s writing.

The mural was created by London based street artist Mark Anthony (ATMstreetart) who paints endangered birds and those threatened with extinction. His wildlife murals fill walls across Europe and inspire people to take part in local regeneration efforts.

In this mural, Mark was inspired by Knowsley Safari and their extremely rigorous bird monitoring program. In the mural you can see a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in the left foreground, along with a Coal Tit, Lesser Redpoll and Goldcrest on the right. There is also a Buzzard flying in the distance – a bird that has flourished in recent years due to greater protection and the positive effects of nature conservation.

Mural at Prescot Shopping Centre

Mark said: “We need to do everything we can to protect our natural habitats, for the benefit of birds, all other wildlife, and ourselves. In the mural I have included some less common species that require different kinds of healthy woodland to flourish. These species also occasionally visit gardens where there are mature trees and lots of undergrowth. The more we can do to nurture and expand these habitats the better.”

In another connection, Edward Lear, whose work included the well-known Owl and Pussy-Cat poem and his book of nonsense poems, also began his life as an artist and illustrator of birds. Lear spent six years living at nearby Knowsley Hall painting the birds in the Earl of Derby’s menagerie.

This project has been delivered as part of Prescot High Street Heritage Action Zone, funded by Knowsley Council and Historic England.

See Mark’s other work at www.atmstreetart.com and on Instagram @atmstreetart