Show love for region’s birds this Valentine’s
THOSE with a love for birds are being asked to help provide homes for dozens of species of our feathery friends this Valentine’s Day.
Naturalists in Northumberland are being encouraged to support National Nest Box Week, which runs from today until next Thursday, February 21.
Natural nest sites on which many birds depend, such as holes in trees and buildings, are fast disappearing as gardens and woods are ‘tidied’ and old houses are repaired.
Since National Nest Box Week was launched in 1997 by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), thousands of enthusiastic naturalists across the UK have put up boxes to compensate for this loss, so much so that it is now an established part of the ornithological calendar.
Steve Lowe, head of conservation at Northumberland Wildlife Trust, said: “If you’ve never built a nest box before, why not give it a go this year? Or if you haven’t got the time, you can buy them fairly reasonably from most supermarkets. I know everybody is feeling the pinch but please try and do your bit for Britain’s birds - give them a bit of a boost!”
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 which a nest box will attract.
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Weather for Berwick-Upon-Tweed
Thursday 20 June 2013
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