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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!

Help Hedgehogs!

Hedgehogs need our help more than ever and its up to us how we tackle this problem of depreciation caused by some whose carelessness and thoughtlessness has caused such a negative impact to our hedgehog population. There are around 7 billion people on earth and only 1 million hedgehogs in the UK!

All I ask is for people to do simple things like cut gaps in the bottom of fences, make hedgehog homes, feed them appropriate food and make sure their gardens or local area is hedgehog friendly. Please do not put slug pellets down. Make some proper hog habitat and they will keep the slugs under control.

Recently I have had a hedgehog in my garden that I have been encouraging. It now comes to the pond to drink but I have made sure it has not become too tame. It will still curl up in a ball when I get close to it. Sometimes it can be lured closer by food but that’s about as tame as I’ll let it become. What amazing creatures! Thanks for reading 🙂

European Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)
European Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)