AS National Bird Box Week got into full flight, students from St Bede’s School in Upper Dicker delivered eight nest boxes to Drusillas Park in an effort to encourage breeding among the zoo’s endangered black-cheeked love birds.
The students 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.
She 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.”
This is not the first time Drusillas Park and St Bede’s have worked together to conserve an endangered species.
Since 2009 the students have been helping the zoo monitor the local hazel dormouse population.
The project is undertaken as part of the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme, which is coordinated by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species to help protect the existence of these mice in the future.