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News - February 2015 - New home for birds

The Friends of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve has helped the residents of Paxton Hall Residential Care Home celebrate the British Trust for Ornithology’s National Nest Box Week 2015 by donating and installing a new home for hole nesting birds, in full view of the residents’ conservatory.
Between 14 and 21 February, the Trust is asking wildlife lovers to put up a nest box in their local area to help increase the number of suitable nesting spaces for birds.  This is just the right time to get nest boxes in place for the coming breeding season.

The Friends’ nest box expert, David Cobham said:

 “We are delighted to help with this project.  The box we’ve installed is identical to those we use on the Reserve, and there we achieve over 80% occupancy each year for our 140 boxes.  Anyone wanting to put up a box in their garden can do no better than buy one of our handmade boxes from the Visitors’ Centre.”
Paxton Hall residents (front left to right) Kevin Hewitt, Ron Harris and Rex Murdock, with the new nest box.  Friends volunteer David Cobham and Paxton Hall staff member Richard Redman (rear left to right) installed the box. (Ray Matthews)