17th February 2016
Families flocked to our open day held in partnership with the RSPB at our development in the Lancashire coastal village of Banks, near Southport.
To support the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch – the world’s largest wildlife survey - we welcomed visitors to The Coppice, where RSPB wardens from the nearby Hesketh Out Marsh reserve were on hand to talk about how residents can attract birds to their gardens and make a home for nature where they live.
The event also provided information on the sorts of wildlife to look out for in the local area and activities including nest box and bird feeder making, badge making and other fun pursuits and puzzles.
The Big Garden Birdwatch is all about bringing people of all ages closer to nature and helping them discover the wildlife which lives on their doorstep. It’s estimated that more than half a million people across the UK took part in the survey by counting the birds in their gardens over the weekend.
We have partnered with the RSPB since April 2015, when we committed to providing new habitats where birds and animals can flourish around our new developments. We have already built features such as nest boxes and bird bricks into plans for new homes in selected areas, and the event in Banks was another way we have helped to encourage local communities to get involved.
Bethan Procter, RSPB spokesperson, said: “The event at The Coppice was a great chance to speak to families about the wildlife on their doorstep and how they can help make a home for nature in their own outdoor space. With the Big Garden Birdwatch surveys now being collated, we’ll soon have a snapshot of how different creatures are doing in this area and what we can do to help – which will be really interesting.”
For more information visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch