Your article: Hundreds turn out for attraction’s Bird Box Day

A new nest box being installed at Burnby Hall Gardens.
A new nest box being installed at Burnby Hall Gardens.

Hundreds of people visited Pocklington’s Burnby Hall Gardens to see how the popular attraction is developing into a haven for wild birds.

Nest boxes for blue tits, wrens, robins and sparrows were placed along the Grass Walk in the Gardens, along with a tawny owl box in the stumpery.

The team at the Gardens installed the new nest boxes, supplied by Pocklington U3A, to coincide with ‘National Nest Box Week’.

Children were invited to come along and watch this take place and to meet with representatives of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), who were present on site to offer help and advice regarding attracting birds to their gardens.

More than 500 people attended the Bird Box Day, which has been hailed a great success by the attraction’s assistant estate manager, Peter Rogers.

He said: “We’re really pleased with the response.

“When the Pocklington U3A kindly offered us the opportunity to put the bird boxes up in the Gardens we thought it would be a great idea to invite children to come along and watch and learn something about local bird life. The response and enthusiasm has been great and we’re considering running something similar again in the future along with our friends from the RSPB.”

Meanwhile, community groups in Stamford Bridge came together for National Nest Box Week. A representative from the Young Conservers Club, which is part of Stamford Bridge in Bloom, visited Stamford Bridge Pre-School to donate some nest boxes and bird feeders. These will be put up in the area behind the village’s Scout and Guide headquarters where the pre-school will be enjoying their new forest sessions. The Stamford Bridge Community Hub have also been helping the pre-school with their developments.