Mot­tram Hall gives birds a real fly­ing start

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

MOT­TRAM Hall is do­ing its bit for wildlife in the area with the launch of a new bird box pro­gramme.

The four-star ho­tel has pledged to put up 120 bird boxes – one per guest bed­room – around the re­sort grounds by the end of June, as part of a pro­gramme of monthly projects planned to give back to mother na­ture this year.

The bird boxes will be sta­tioned so guests can see them as they come down the drive and con­tinue around the golf course, into the rose gar­dens and into the woods.

Michael Lav­izani, gen­eral man­ager of Mot­tram Hall said: “As the Royal So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of Birds says, if there is no home for na­ture, there won’t be a na­ture, and with so many build­ing de­vel­op­ments go­ing on in the lo­cal area, we have com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing a home for our feath­ered friends.

“This is just the start of what we have planned for 2016.”

Sixty bird boxes have al­ready been in­stalled in the ho­tels grounds in the hope that th­ese will lead to an in­crease in the bird pop­u­la­tion in and around the ho­tel’s grounds, pro­vid­ing a safe and snug place for birds to roost and nest.

The boxes are spe­cially de­signed to have the cor­rect di­men­sions and ven­ti­la­tion that birds need, and only non-toxic preser­va­tives.

The ho­tel al­ready has robins on site but wants to en­cour­age more, as well as to at­tract spar­rows, fly catchers and birds from the tit and finch fam­i­lies.

The ho­tel is also plan­ning to put up ‘mini-beast’ bug ho­tels­boxes made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als to pro­vide in­sects with nest­ing fa­cil­i­ties and shel­ter, with quirky names such as ‘Moth’ram Hall and the ‘Mud’land’, in­stead of the Mid­land.

It is hoped that a thriv­ing bug pop­u­la­tion will en­cour­age more frogs and owls.

Michael added: “As we are a na­ture rich prop­erty, we have so much op­por­tu­nity to help en­cour­age wildlife to flour­ish and want to lead the way in be­ing ‘green’ in our in­dus­try in the Cheshire area.

“We feel a re­spon­si­bil­ity to nur­ture and grow the wildlife and eco sys­tem.

“The out­come will not only be more pleas­ing on the eyes for guests at the ho­tel but we have plans to get a na­ture trail for fam­i­lies es­tab­lished by Septem­ber.

“We need there­fore to en­cour­age na­ture to flour­ish in or­der for this to be en­gag­ing.”

●● Di­rec­tor of sales Emma Mur­ray and main­te­nance man­ager Joe Finn with one of the Mot­tram Hall bird boxes

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