Bird box cam­paign bright­ens ceme­tery

Bird Watching (UK) - - News Wire -

A group of com­mu­nity vol­un­teers have cre­ated 72 wooden bird boxes to be in­stalled on trees across Lay­ton Ceme­tery, Black­pool. The boxes were built by adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties as part of their wood­work classes at the Black­pool Cen­tre for In­de­pen­dent Liv­ing, and form part of the sec­ond stage of work aimed at mak­ing the ceme­tery a nicer place to visit, while at­tract­ing wildlife to the area. De­spite fall­ing bud­gets, work on the ceme­tery by these com­mu­nity vol­un­teers and low level of­fend­ers work­ing un­der the com­mu­nity pay­back scheme has al­ready im­proved the area for lo­cals, coun­cil­lor Martin Mitchell said. A pro­posed di­ver­sion of the M4 mo­tor­way could de­stroy the nat­u­ral beauty of the Gwent Lev­els, ac­cord­ing to the RSPB. Ear­lier this year the Welsh gov­ern­ment opened a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on plans to drive a new mo­tor­way through four Sites of Spe­cial Sci­en­tific In­ter­est (SSSI) that are uniquely im­por­tant to wildlife in Wales. The Gwent Lev­els, which sweep along the Sev­ern Es­tu­ary coastline from Cardiff to be­yond the Sev­ern Bridge, are home to many threat­ened species, in­clud­ing the red listed Lap­wing. The RSPB is con­cerned that should the new mo­tor­way be built, it will cre­ate a “lethal bar­rier of traf­fic” for ground-based wildlife, while the pol­lu­tion from ex­hausts and run-off would poi­son land and wa­ter­courses, mak­ing sur­vival dif­fi­cult, if not im­pos­si­ble, for some species. They are also wor­ried that the build­ing of the mo­tor­way could set a danger­ous prece­dent and en­able other such schemes in other parts of the UK. RSPB Cymru asked ev­ery­one who is con­cerned about con­serv­ing this vi­tal area to re­spond to the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion and re­ceived 5,300 re­sponses. The RSPB’S Big Wild Sleep­out is en­ter­ing its fourth year, with the char­ity hop­ing that even more fam­i­lies will take the op­por­tu­nity to sleep un­der the stars while in­ves­ti­gat­ing Bri­tain’s noc­tur­nal wildlife. Whether you just want to sleep in your back gar­den, or take part in one of the RSPB’S or­gan­ised events at mu­se­ums and na­ture re­serves, it prom­ises to be a wild night. The RSPB Big Wild Sleep­out takes place be­tween 29-31 July. More de­tails can be found at

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