Looking for something to do with the children this half term? Then why not go to Stanwick Lakes and learn how to make a bird box.
The nature reserve at Stanwick Lakes is an important haven for wildlife and the Rockingham Forest Trust looks after the habitats on the site to make it the perfect home for birds such as oyster catchers, reed buntings and pintails. But it’s not just nature reserves that can look after wild birds; you can play your part too by making your garden a haven for birds.
Go down to Stanwick Lakes on Wednesday (February 18) and Thursday (February 19) between 1pm and 4pm, and you can build a bird box or a bird feeder to take home to your garden.
Natural nest sites for birds such as holes in trees or old buildings are disappearing fast as gardens are tidied up and old houses are repaired. Making a bird box and putting it up in your garden will play an important part in bird conservation, while also giving you the pleasure of watching the birds that are attracted to your bird box. The bird boxes cost £4.50, feeders £1, and both can be easily made by children and adults without any previous woodwork experience. Friendly volunteers will be on hand to help.
There will also be other fun, family, bird-themed activities at Stanwick Lakes including birdy crafts in the Discovery Zone and helping to paint a community sculpture as part of a RSPB art project.
For more information, contact the visitor centre 01933 625522 or visit www.stanwicklakes.org.uk or the Stanwick Lakes Facebook page. Normal parking charges apply.