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WildCare's homemade habitats
31st January 2012
As the British Trust for Ornithology encourages us all to put up nest boxes during this annual National Nest Box week (14 Feb – 21 Feb), wildlife in the locality of a Wiltshire Waitrose dairy farm is already benefiting from homemade nesting habitats.
With help from the Savernake Forest Scout Group, Waitrose dairy farmer James Liddiard has provided homes for a variety of birds, mammals and bugs.
As a Waitrose farmer, James produces essential milk and cream from his herd of 180 cows. Through the Waitrose WildCare scheme he dedicates 14% of his 500 acre holding to plant and wildlife habitats. As well as this, the local Scout Group also make a credible contribution to his efforts, having put up 60 homemade bird boxes over the last two years, as well as one barn owl box, 6 bat boxes, numerous bug boxes and a dormouse box on the farm.
Visiting James’s farm at least once a month, the Scouts, Beavers and Cubs have kept watch over the farm recording wildlife and plant sightings. “The children monitor the comings and goings from the nest boxes”, says the group’s leader Anthony Palmer. “We are hoping for even more visitors this year and following the mild winter, are keeping our fingers crossed for a pair of barn owls to nest in their box.
“It has been great to see the children and their parents get so involved in the project. I know a particular highlight for many is seeing the pairs of red kites circling the farm. Their very presence shows us that the habitats we are maintaining, with the help of James’s sympathetic farming practices, are providing the right environment for plants and wildlife to thrive.”
Issued by Helen Harcombe, Pinstone Communications Ltd. Tel: 01568 617623 email@example.com
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