Bird Box Project
This is the webpage added for those that want to help David Marrs work around The Bird Box project. It can be used simply i.e just as a place to store and share some useful documents; or in more complex ways i.e using the comment facility to pass messages or adding some simple tables to automatically allow on-line lists of those participating.
Use it as much as little as you wish. Your choice.
As At 8 Mar 10
As at 8 Mar 10, the network is still being asked to provide Bird Boxes and that's a fantastic achievement. It shows very well how just one person can make some difference when actions are allowed to speak louder than words and we begin to work just a little differently.
In the case of this "Bird Box" project by now there must be great many schools and youth organisations, as well as community groups taking advantage of the hard graft and determination of David Marrs efforts. The problem remains that it simply isn't possible for just one to do all the work, no matter how willing.
In order to carry on building on the success of this project, we need more people to get involved - and we need to share information so that those that might want to join up can see who is already involved and in what way.
We know that Consett YMCA have responsibility for some of our woods, as do Groundwork and are more than willing to take more bird boxes. Can we now find out whether we can work together without cutting-across what has already been done or is intended?
Follow the link to open and if you wish download posters (or browse our document library)
Would You Like to Get Involved?
We can, if you wish, keep this space updated with all those taking part then if you want to join them, either give David a ring or leave your details by using the comment button and we'll get back to you.
1st Leadgate Scouts
thank you for agreeing to take 10 birdboxes on behalf of Leadgate Scouts et al, follow this link to the webpage for background information:
You'll notice David is copied in and his telephone number is also on the instructions sheet. Either contact direct to arrange delivery or leave this to me.
I'll make a start clearing around the Scout Hut when it warms up. This site is likely suitable for one at most two. However, I see one easy and perhaps one harder option for the balance. The easy one is the mature hedge-line and cutting between the corner of St Ives Gardens and Jolly Drovers for which I already have consent; it may be that the Brooms School have laid claim to this, David will know. Or, the harder but to my mind better option as it kills two birds with one stone (if I'm allowed to say this), the newly established woodland on the embankment to the east of the Scout Hut between Ambleside Mews and St Ives Gardens. This land was officially adopted by St Ives Gardens owners at time of house purchase, I know is a continuing source of annoyance but I know the owners, can gain consent as well as access and perhaps it's time to mend fences (which of course shouldn't be errected).
Both sites are frequented commonly by Hedge, Tree as well as House Sparrows, the full range of tits (including infrequently Long-Tailed), there are Goldfinches visiting often and, very rarely a pair of Whitethroats (that already have an established nestsite). A Linnet, now very uncommon, sometimes associates with the Greenfinches in the early Spring. You'll have to decide on a srategy in deciding what size of entrance hole is best in the boxes.
A sparrow hawk hunts the sites once or twice a day and a pair of Kestrels, nesting near the top of Bradley Cottages, quarters Jimmy Welfer's field behind the Drovers. A pair of Sky Larks also nest in this field.
This should get you started but there is of course more to find out.
Created on 03/02/2010 03:28 PM by dshields
Updated on 08/03/2010 04:09 PM by dshields