Bird and bat boxes – follow-up

Chris Hussey

With a good response to his proposal for community-supported bird and bat box project, Terry Swainsbury followed up his initial article in Constant Times with this one for the November / December / January issue:

I would like to thank, Martin, Jack, Stewart, Roger, Mark, Jan, Alex, Robert, Mike, Luke, Andrew and Chris for their enthusiastic response to my appeal for the building of bird and bat boxes. I have already received notification from some volunteers about their completed projects. Please could you either keep the box or boxes until March or alternatively I could collect and store them. If anyone else would like copies of the plans, please contact me. However, I am conscious that we are in the first phase of the project and I am mindful of needlessly overpopulating the woods with nesting opportunities! With this in mind, I would advise that if you would like to contribute to the project, please hold fire until I have a better idea of the numbers and types of boxes made.

Please feel free to contact me for further advice or information. I’m particularly keen for children to get involved in improving the biodiversity of the woods. If anyone has ideas regarding building ‘Bug Hotels’ or similar child-friendly projects, then I’m open to ideas.

Terry Swainsbury (on behalf of the Bosahan Woodlands Committee)

Terry.swainsbury@gmail.com

01326 340661

Supporting the wildlife of Bosahan Woods

Chris Hussey

For the September / October Issue of Constant Times, Terry Swainsbury (a member of the Bosahan Woods Management Group) contributed this article:

As part of a programme to support the biodiversity of Bosahan Woods, it is planned to place a number of bird, owl and bat boxes at suitable locations. This is a community project that you may like to help with. Since coming into ownership of the village, as a result of a generous benefactor, Bosahan Woods has become the responsibility of all of us who care, not just for this beautiful place, but nature in general. This is a great opportunity to enhance the habitat by encouraging more birds and bats to think of the woods as their home. I am therefore looking for anyone who has basic carpentry skills to build a bird, owl or bat box using the simple plans that I can provide.

The plans give details about the materials and tools needed. At the moment, the idea is to number and place the boxes in sites that will optimise their use. Once fixed to a particular tree, it is hoped that the locations will be recorded on a map available for everyone visiting the woods to use.

The plans are very simple, although the bat and owl boxes require a little more work. If you have a young family, this could be a great opportunity to involve your children in the making. Once in situ, you and your family will have your own, small real estate and investment in the future of the woods.

Part of my motivation for this project is to encourage present and future generations to enjoy this wonderful place and to promote a personal responsibility for the woods and its management. I’m also thinking of setting up a feeding station for birds that will be maintained all year round. Hopefully, with your help, we can make Bosahan Woods a special place for humans and animals alike.

For plans or advice, please contact me either by email or phone. I can then send you the appropriate plans that have been provided by Cornwall Wildlife Trust. Email: terry.swainsbury@gmail.com Telephone: 01326 340661.

Example owl box