There’s been swift praise for school bird box project

Jenny McCutchan and Caroline Payne-Rippengal of Bird Brick Houses  with Hawkes Farm pupils
Jenny McCutchan and Caroline Payne-Rippengal of Bird Brick Houses with Hawkes Farm pupils
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Taking part in a project to encourage birds to nest at a school in Hailsham earned special thanks from the RSPB.

Hawkes Farm School was presented with a thank you certificate from the animal welfare organisation after children participated in a Wealden District Council-run initiative to have special bird boxes installed by local Hailsham firm Bird Brick Houses.

The project aims to see brick bird and bat boxes installed at primary schools.

The hope is to encourage more wildlife into built up surroundings as well as providing an opportunity for pupils to learn about local wildlife.

Hawkes Farm installed four swift boxes into the fabric of its buildings.

Rebecca Dell, a teacher at the school, said, “The new addition to our school has fascinated children and adults alike.

“We are looking forward to watching swifts crisscrossing our school fields and learning all about these incredible summer visiting birds.”

Jenny McCutchan of Bird Brick Houses said, “I am pleased that the work we have done with Hawkes Farm School has received recognition from the RSPB.

“There has been a marked decline in a number of native bird species due to the loss of nest sites and we hope we can help turn this around.

“Our vision is to see an integral bird box in each new dwelling and building constructed.”

David Phillips, head of planning and economic development at Wealden, said, “On behalf of the RSPB I’m delighted to present Hawkes Farm School with a commendation and thanks for their involvement in helping promote wildlife.

“I’m also especially impressed with the enthusiasm of the children and their teachers to enhance their local environment.”

Wealden District Council is also keen for any major developer with projects upcoming in the district to take part in this scheme.

For more information on local business and green opportunities in Wealden please contact Wealden District Council’s Community and Regeneration Team by email at or by phone on: 01892 602884.