Nest box scheme comes home to roost

Following the success of a scheme to attract bird-life to their Balby garden, a group of people with learning disabilities are encouraging Doncaster people to support National Nest Box Week (14 to 21 February).

Staff and service users at the Solar Centre are enjoying visits from a whole host of bird species since introducing nest boxes and bird tables to their garden, which were handcrafted and donated by their partner service the Workscheme. Both services provide day care for adults with a learning disability, and are run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH).

Senior Charge Nurse Morag McKay Ellison said: “Since introducing our bird boxes robins, blue tits and house sparrows have taken up residence in our garden. We’ve also seen the occasional bat!”

Workscheme attendee Robert Warrender (centre), Senior Charge Nurse Morag McKay Ellison (left) and Senior Support Worker Lorraine Cooper (right) with nesting boxes made by service users.

Workscheme attendee Robert Warrender (centre), Senior Charge Nurse Morag McKay Ellison (left) and Senior Support Worker Lorraine Cooper (right) with nesting boxes made by service users.

National Nest Box Week is organised by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and urges people around the UK to put up nest boxes in their local areas, not only to protect the wildlife we already have, but to encourage even more birds to brood in our backyards.

Morag added: “All our service users benefit from this scheme – from building the boxes in the workshop, to watching the birds in the garden. I’d encourage anyone to introduce a nesting box.”

Service users are making nesting boxes to sell to the public, if you’d like to find out more please ring the Workscheme on (01302) 796265.