Making homes for the birds at Wildwood

Published on: 05 May 2015

birdboxes at wildwood

FAMILIES in Mangotsfield have been getting to know their feathered friends this spring.
At a Wildwood Natural Neighbours workshop in February, children and parents made nesting boxes and feeders for small birds such as blue tits, robins, wrens and sparrows.
Ed Drewitt, naturalist and wildlife detective, was on hand to share his extensive knowledge on birds and the value of preserving their habitats.
Once the nesting boxes were complete Ed led the way to woodland around Emersons Green Village Park. With Ed’s guidance and the help of a tree specialist from Lawrence Tree Services, six boxes were put up.
Organiser Penney Ellis said: “I was absolutely delighted last week to see blue tits very busy carrying nesting materials into their boxes.”
A second event in April enabled enthusiasts young and old to experience the dawn chorus in the park with Ed. The group saw blackbirds, blue tits, great tits, jays, wood pigeons, dunnocks, robins, finches, sparrows, chiffchaffs and thrushes. The next event is Calling All Critters and takes place on Tuesday May 26 from 10-11.30am. Participants will hunt out beetles, bugs and butterflies.
Places are limited booking is essential.Email To see the full programme visit

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