Posted by: lensweb | March 27, 2012

Forbes Bird Box Bonanza

Groundwork with the Friends of Forbes Hole organised a bird box building session at Forbes Hole on Sunday 25 March.  Using a good design, pieces were sawn out with no waste wood. A 28mm hole was drilled in the front section and a pre-cut metal guard with 25 mm (blue tit) or 28 mm (great tit) hole was screwed on. The sections were then nailed together – we had seven work benches set up on the meadow.  The boxes were then weather proofed on the top with sections of old tyres and painted. 23 boxes were made. A very good team effort.  Thanks to Councillor Briggs (pictured below left), representing  Erewash Borough Council, for a grant to cover the purchase. Friends of Forbes Hole member, Pete Wearn is on the right, with paint brush to the ready.

Bird Box Construction at Forbes Hole

It was a lovely sunny day and as a bonus we saw 5 brimstone butterflies and a peacock butterfly.  A pied shieldbug was also seen.  A pair of bullfinches and a pair of treecreepers were nest building.  A green woodpecker called and a buzzard circled overhead.

Pied Shieldbug

Pied Shieldbug

Marion Bryce


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