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Nest Box Support!

You might know that in Linn Park there are 40 bird boxes! Well Friends of Linn Park have just been supported even further by Travis Perkins (Muirend) allowing us to double that number! The local merchant gave Friends of Linn Park an absolutely amazing deal meaning more wildlife homes around Linn Park and the local area. We cannot thank them enough and we would highly recommend them as their wood is FSC approved and very competitively priced.

Please have a look at their website and visit their stores!

https://www.travisperkins.co.uk

Thanks to the support from everyone and Travis Perkins (Muirend) we will have around 100 boxes in the park for the coming years! Every box will be checked once a week during the breeding season and as many chicks as possible will be ringed by the Clyde Ringing Group for scientific purposes. We will run bird ringing demonstrations where members of the public will have the chance to release birds in their hands! The amount of data we will be able to collect will be amazing! Here is a list of boxes we will have up in the park (a few others may be created but are still undecided on for now):

Small Boxes

  • 25mm diameter hole
  • 28mm diameter hole
  • 32mm diameter hole
  • Special Treecreeper Box Design
  • 100mm high front
  • 60mm high front
  • 140mm high front

Large Boxes

150mm diameter hole

Species We Aim To Get Nesting

  • Blue Tit
  • Great Tit
  • Robin
  • Dipper
  • Grey Wagtail
  • Treecreeper
  • Nuthatch
  • Spotted Flycatcher
  • Goosander
  • (Any other birds/ animals would be great!)

Other funding will also allow us to create Bat Boxes, Bug Houses, Butterfly Houses, Hedgehog Houses and more! (This will be in the future) Our aim is not only to provide scientific data for the British Trust for Ornithology but also to get more young people interested in nature. There are many other reasons too! Volunteers are wanted for monitoring boxes around Linn Park and other places right across Glasgow. (If you are interested in helping then please contact me through the contact page)

Thank you!

Suffolk blog (part 2)

As you can see in part one we went to RSPB Minsmere and other places but alongside that we had been staying at a place called Springlake Leisure with very friendly hosts Lynn and Leister! They also showed a big passion for wildlife and were very interested in what wildlife was roaming around their place! I showed them the moths, bats and loads of the other wildlife they were so lucky enough to have! The final place we went to during the holiday was RSPB Lakenheath fen in hope of seeing something nice. We arrived and were told an adult bittern had two younger Bitterns and it was with them in front of the hide. This is a very rare sight as bitterns are very elusive and don’t usually show well. Continue reading Suffolk blog (part 2)

BTO Bird Camp 2018

Blog #23

I was again lucky enough to be accepted into the BTO bird camp which is a camp held at the BTO headquarters in Thetford and funded/sponsored by the Cameron Bespolka Trust. The camp started on Friday evening and finished on Sunday late afternoon. The camp is aimed at giving young people more of a chance to connect with nature and to give people the opportunity to speak to others with the same interests!

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100 Nest Box Challenge: Linn Park Event

Blog 18 (part 2)

 

When I first launched my challenge 11 weeks ago, I’d planned to hold an event in my local park (Linn Park) to promote National Nest Box week (14 – 21 February). With the support of The Friends of Linn Park (FoLP), Glasgow City Council Ranger Service and the Glasgow RSPB Group we held an event on Saturday 17 February where members of the public could find out more about the birds that live in the park as well as having the chance to buy a box for their own garden or sponsor one that would be put up in the park. Continue reading 100 Nest Box Challenge: Linn Park Event