Nestbox making and arboretum expeditions at
Jodrell Bank Gardens & Arboretum.
Sunday 10th March 2013

Nestbox making and arboretum expeditions
On the morning of our nestbox session at Jodrell Bank many of us woke up to see
a thin blanket of snow on the ground. So, with the addition of a few extra layers
of clothes, we headed off to the site of the iconic Lovell Telescope,
our cars packed with equipment and binoculars.

Despite the bitterly cold wind we set up gazebos in the lee of the Discovery Centre building
and enjoyed a busy and fruitful session building nestboxes for the arboretum.

Visitors helped with the construction of a variety of different nestboxes that will be sited around the arboretum.

The nestboxes will give birds a variety of nesting opportunities for this and future seasons.

Families made bird feeders from pine cones, fat and seeds and took them home to hang in their garden.
There was a variety of information on conservation and wildlife gardening for people to take home.

We ran guided bird walks through the arboretum and observed a variety of small woodland birds at the feeders such as great tit, blue tit and coal tit. With good views over the neighbouring fields we also saw crows, jackdaws and rooks as well as a large buzzard on the look out for prey.