New homes will keep birds warm and safe

Macclesfield Express - - HEART OF THE COMMUNITY -

VOL­UN­TEERS spent hours build­ing bird boxes to be placed around the town.

It’s the first step in the Mac­cles­field Big Bird Box Build, or­gan­ised by mem­bers of the Mac­cles­field RSPB Wildlife Ex­plor­ers, whose aim is to pro­vide a wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment for birdlife.

Young­sters of all ages helped cre­ate a range of dif­fer­ent de­signs of bird box to suit dif­fer­ent species at the event at Lyme Green Retail Park.

Tina Hanak,

group leader, said: “We have had a fan­tas­tic morn­ing and have com­pleted nearly 50 dif­fer­ent bird boxes.

“In the next few weeks the team will be putting up the boxes at sites across Mac­cles­field.

“The pro­ject has been so suc­cess­ful that we ex­pect to be adding more boxes and new sites in the com­ing months.

“Ex­perts will be help­ing us to mon­i­tor breed­ing suc­cess and the find­ings will be pub­lished on the Mac­cles­field RSPB Wildlife Ex­plor­ers web­site.”

The pro­ject is sup­ported by a lo­cal na­ture con­ser­va­tion part­ner­ship that in­cludes The RSPB Mac­cles­field Lo­cal Group and Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

So far the Wildlife Ex­plorer group has raised more than £500 for bird box kit ma­te­ri­als and tools.

The com­pleted boxes will then be in­stalled at green spa­ces across the Mac­cles­field area in­clud­ing Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s Danes Moss Na­ture Re­serve on the out­skirts of the town.

For more go to mac­cles­fiel­dr­spb.org.uk.

●● Grace Pod­more, Sarah Pod­more and Emilia Pod­more pre­par­ing to make bird food

●● The team with their col­lec­tion of com­pleted nest boxes – dif­fer­ent types for dif­fer­ent species

●● Cheshire East Ranger Martin James helps Min­nie Bam­ford

●● Natasha James, Kirstie Boyd, Dyl­lan Szos­tokow­icz and Imo­gen Strick­land

●● Min­nie Bam­ford with her box

●● Vol­un­teers in ac­tion

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