SINCE the opening of the Essex Wildlife Trust 200 acre Chafford Gorges Nature Park, we have strived to improve the natural environment for wildlife and over the last few years have had many successes.
Raptor species in particular are visiting and nesting on site more and more regularly and in the last 2 years we have had Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Hobby, Merlin, Peregrine, Tawny Owl, Long Eared Owl, Buzzard, Honey Buzzard and Osprey visit the site. As a result of this success we are trying to provide more nesting provision for these birds so that they will either nest for the first time or so that their young have suitable nesting sites and so to achieve this we needed to build nest box’s.
In order to achieve funding for this we approached the Stanford-Le-Hope and Corringham Rotary Club and they were kind enough to donate £250 to the project to build 6 Kestrel box’s. Luckily we have been able to make the money stretch further than we originally thought and as such we have installed 6 Kestrel box’s, 1 Tawny Owl box and 1 Barn Owl box as well as a bat box made from the small off cuts. Over the Autumn we have already had birds investigating the box’s and we hope that in the Spring time we will see the proud parents of new broods flying over the reserve.