Giving wildlife a helping hand at Croome
A generous donation has enabled bird boxes to be installed at Croome, the bird boxes will help with the on-going conservation of their habitat in the parkland.
“We are very grateful to Severn Waste Services for providing so many high quality nest boxes, particularly those designed for owls and kestrels,” said Craig Welsby, Croome’s Assistant Ranger. “Cavities large enough for these birds are often at a premium and may be taken over by jackdaws or grey squirrels so these boxes should improve their chances of breeding successfully at Croome.”
A total of 20 bird boxes were funded by Severn Waste Services through the Landfill Communities Fund and these will provide safe nesting sites for many years.
"We are delighted to be able to provide bird nesting boxes to the National Trust at Croome and other properties and we look forward to hearing from them when the boxes are hopefully occupied next Spring.” said Bill Richardson, on behalf of Pershore charity, Welcome to our Future, who managed the project.
Craig Welsby liaised with two regular birders who volunteer at Croome and decided on key locations around the parkland to site them. The boxes, which are all different shapes and sizes, will cater for birds such as tits, robins, wrens, wagtails, starlings, kestrels and owls ensuring that a variety of species of bird can make Croome their home.
With a such varied landscape of over 700 acres of parkland, Croome is home to a wide variety of birds. In previous years, the team at Croome installed bird boxes but over time many of them have had their entrance holes enlarged by marauding woodpeckers. The new boxes come with separate metal surrounds, which can be attached to the front of the box and protect against future damage.
Visitors can also enjoy spotting birds feasting at the feeders at Croome’s bird hide which is tucked away or pick up a free bird spotter sheet from the Visitor Centre to tick off the ones they spot on a walk around the parkland.