Bats, Birds and a Hangman!

THE building of new homes may have slowed down around the country over the past year, but birds and bats in Thurrock have nothing to complain about.

To celebrate Bird Box Week (14-21 February) and before the schools broke up for half term, Thurrock Council’s Horticulture Team were out and about across the borough.

They fitted a total of 24 bat and bird boxes of various types to appeal to different species, at Hangman’s Wood, Grays on Friday, (12 February).

Funding was made available from the Veolia ES Cleanaway Mardyke Trust and work was carried out by Alan Mitchell Countryside one of the council’s tree contractors.

The Horticulture Department and the Friends of Langdon Hills supplied a further ten bird and bat boxes to nearby Woodside School for their own grounds and a class of the children came to see the team working in the woods.

On Monday (15 February) the team joined The Forum at South Ockendon, where one of the Rangers from Langdon Hills Country Park helped volunteers assemble bird boxes, which Alan Mitchell fitted, along with various other box types to appeal to a wide range of birds in Dilkes Park.

They proved so popular that blue tits were already investigating their boxes before the cherry-picker platform returned to ground level.

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