Thanks to the hard work of a group of local volunteers, 181 new young birds have been fledged in Bramcote Hills this year. To help provide suitable homes for our feathered friends, the group spent the winter months building and putting up nest boxes in the woodland at Bramcote Hills Park. Over the spring and summer, Blue Tits and Great Tits have been making the most of their new homes to bring new life into the world.
A total of 27 boxes were erected, all made from recycled timber. The introduction of the additional nesting opportunities was intended to help sustain and hopefully increase populations.
With hundreds of hours of volunteer time invested in the project, the group monitored the boxes and the birds that nest in them and their breeding success. They found that the boxes have produced 181 new young birds with roughly a 50/50 split between Blue Tits and Great Tits. This information has been passed on to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) as part of their nest record scheme, providing valuable data to help monitor the health of our bird life nationally.
With the first year being such a huge success, the group are looking to continue the project and possibly extend it. They’ve cleaned out the boxes and have made them ready for their next occupants. They are also looking for more volunteers to help monitor the boxes and would be delighted to welcome anyone who enjoys roaming over very hilly ground.
The project is already benefitting the local wildlife and is a great partnership between the local volunteers, Broxtowe Borough Council and the BTO. The Council is looking forward to working with the volunteers to further benefit the local wildlife in the 12 Year Green Flag Award Winning Bramcote Hills Park.
Why not visit your local park or open space this weekend and see what wildlife you can find?