New bird boxes at Coed Y Foel to mark the start of the bird breeding season
During National Bird Box Week, two Woodland Trust volunteers worked alongside a volunteer from the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) to put up 40 bird boxes at Coed Y Foel. This location was chosen after BTO volunteer Andy Turner informed Becky Good (North West Wales Site Manager) that there had been little bird breeding success at Coed Y Foel last summer. Lack of suitable cavities in trees had even led to some birds nesting on the ground and thus suffering losses from predation.
A variety of boxes were used to attract a range of birds, including various tits, sparrows and tree creepers. In addition, many fronted bird boxes were used for redstarts, robins, dunnocks and fly catchers.
Andy gave expert advice on bird box placement away from prevailing winds and sun exposure (we put them on NE side of the trees), and tilted downward to avoid rainfall getting in.
With the support of WT staff and a contractor our volunteers worked tirelessly against the weather to put the new nest boxes in place.
Coed Y Foel was previously used for pasture, but the Woodland Trust now aims for it to become broadleaf woodland through a mixture of natural regeneration and planting. Work on this newly created woodland began in 2016, and it is part of National Resources Wales’s (NRW) Plant! scheme, which plants a tree for every child born in Wales.
You can find more information as well as directions to the site via: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/coed-y-foel/
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Finished Result – Coed Y Foel Bird Box