Friends of Stanmore Country Park (FSCP) recently installed five owl, eight bat and 30 bird boxes in the park… and most of the bird boxes have been used, a survey shows. Shropshire Council’s Ed Andrews says, “This is an exceptional result for the first year, with 70% of the boxes being used. This indicates there was a real need for the boxes, which help support the locality’s rich and diverse bird life.”
The boxes have been installed with the support of Veolia and local residents; FSCP now want to register them with the British Trust for Ornithology, which uses data to identify species in decline because of nesting problems. FSCP are confident the other boxes will also have contributed to populations of owls and bats.
Countryside ranger James Brookes says, “We’re always looking for more people to help at our volunteer days, which are taking place on Sundays 27 January and 24 February; call 01746 781192 or find the group on Facebook if you’d like to join us.”
Pictured: Rob Evans and James Brookes install the boxes at Severn Valley Country Park