Nest boxes bid to give lovebirds gentle nudge

Black-cheeked lovebirds at Drusillas
Black-cheeked lovebirds at Drusillas

AS NATIONAL bird week got into full flight, students from St Bede’s School in Upper Dicker delivered eight nest boxes to Drusillas in an effort to encourage breeding amongst the zoo’s endangered black-cheeked lovebirds.

Since its launch in 1997 by the British Trust for Ornithology, National Bird Box week has run annually between February 14 and February 21.

Its aim is to encourage as many people as possible to put nest boxes up in their local area to promote the conservation of bird species and wildlife.

Black-cheeked lovebirds are part of the parrot family. They get their name from the strong bond that male and female pairs form.

They mate for life and spend lots of time preening each others feathers.

In the wild, black-cheeked lovebirds are found in tropical dry forests and grasslands of Zambia.

They are Africa’s most endangered parrot, threatened mainly by habitat destruction and the pet trade.

The students from St Bede’s School created the boxes within a Wildlife Workshop, supervised by design technology teacher Coranne Laws.

Working to the guidelines provided by zoo manager, Sue Woodgate they designed the houses before building them in wood and presenting them to the park.

Sue said, “We are extremely grateful for the help of the St Bede’s students. The boxes have been made to a very high standard and we are sure they will give our lovebirds a gentle nudge in the right direction.

“With a little luck we’ll hear the flutter of tiny feathers later this year.”