Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Help our birds to thrive in Whitton - put up a bird box

Bird boxes will be springing up across the borough over the next few weeks thanks to a donation from Richmond Council’s street cleansing contractor.
 As part of National Bird Box Week (14-21 February), Continental Landscape has donated £100 towards the purchase and installation of House Sparrow Boxes. The boxes will be installed on council-owned buildings. National Bird Box Week takes place each year and aims to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes in their local area in order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife. Whether you’re a family with space for a box in your garden, a teacher, a member of a local wildlife group, or you belong to a bird club and could organise a work party, National Nest Box Week gives you the chance to contribute to the conservation effort in the UK whilst giving you the pleasure of observing any breeding birds that you attract to your garden. Richmond Council would like to challenge residents and local businesses to also do their bit by putting up similar boxes in their gardens or on their properties.
 Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:

Natural nest sites for birds such as holes in trees or old buildings are disappearing fast as gardens are ‘tidied’ and old houses are repaired.
 “Bird boxes can be easily made or are inexpensive to buy.  But the rewards for both the environment and indeed families and nature lovers alike are much more.” Niko Mardushaj, from ContinentalLandscapes, said:
 “Continental Landscapes are always looking for ways in which we can support wildlife, and National Nest Box Week is the perfect opportunity to make a contribution and raise awareness of the need to provide habitats for our native birds, especially in urban environments. We are pleased to continue our strong relationship with London Borough of Richmond and help the Council to enhance the biodiversity of the borough by donating these bird boxes.” If you are putting up a bird box, or if you already have one, let us know by contacting:

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