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Nature lovers urged to help feathered friends

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It’s been a tough winter for feathered friends – and now rangers are asking people to come racing to their aid in Guisborough Forest and Walkway.

The Forestry Commission and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council are staging a workshop on Sunday 31 January to get people making bird feeding stations which they can take away and put up in their gardens.

Amongst the birds which have suffered during the cold snap are robins, dunnocks, wrens and goldcrest. Small birds like these also loose heat rapidly and need to keep energy levels high. Ranger Cath Brason said:

“Putting out food for small birds in the winter is one of the best ways to help wildlife, particularly given the severity of the weather over recent months.”

The drop-in event costs just 2 per person and runs from 10am to 3pm.

And with spring just around the corner rangers are staging a bird box making event on 17 February between 1pm and 3pm to offer hard pushed creatures a des res to raise their young come the milder weather. It costs 5 per box, which can be taken away. Both events are based around the Guisborough Forest and Walkway Visitor Centre at Pinchinthorpe.

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. For more information visit

Richard Darn on 0113 341 3178. Mobile 0775 367 0038.

Issued on behalf of the Forestry Commission by Richard Darn, COI.