Mottram Hall gives birds a real flying start
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