New wildlife homes at rec

FoOTR Secretary Liz Turner, with Isabelle Rhodes and the bird box she helped to build SUS-151126-120212001
FoOTR Secretary Liz Turner, with Isabelle Rhodes and the bird box she helped to build SUS-151126-120212001
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The Friends of Old Town Rec have celebrated the creation of 30 new homes for wildlife.

The group was formed to help preserve and enhance the quality of the rec’s open space and in response to the threat of new homes being built.

However, this month, members welcomed new homes on the site - only these are for wildlife.

Bird boxes, bat roosts and bug hotels were erected in the woodland margin at the edge of the rec watched by some of the children who helped to build them.

The boxes were constructed by Old Town charity Hope Woodwork and local children helped to assemble them during Old Town Fete in the rec in July.

Chair of the group, Cynthia Lilley, said, “The children had great fun during the fete assembling the boxes and assisted by our friends at Hope Woodwork. Each box is numbered and the children were given a certificate with the corresponding number.”

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