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Build a bird a home at Cardinham Woods

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Two children with bird boxes

Looking for something fun and different to do with the children this half term?  Then why not celebrate National Nest Box Week at the Forestry Commission’s Cardinham Woods near Bodmin.

On Monday 15 February come to the woods for a noisy day of sawing and hammering to build homes for garden birds, owls, hedgehogs and dormice.

People can take their boxes home for the garden, give it as a gift to a friend or relative, or donate it to the forest where we can certainly find a use for it!

There will be three sessions for children aged seven and over at 10am, 11.45am and 2pm – all lasting one and a half-hours.  Booking is advisable although people will be able to join in on the day if there are spaces.  To book or to get further information call 01392 834233.

Chris Mason, Recreation Ranger says:

“At Cardinham we are involved in an ongoing dormouse research project which is monitoring how dormice adapt to changing mixed habitats and conifer woodland.  Dormice nestboxes have been erected and are monitored regularly by our wildlife ranger.  In addition, we are going to be putting up bird boxes around the Lady Vale trail in the near future and will be able to use any boxes left behind for this.”

National Nest Box Week is organised by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Britain’s leading bird research charity, whose work primarily involved studying the populations of our common and garden birds.  The aims of the week are 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.

Kirstie Smith, Communications Manager, Forestry Commission on 01392 834249.