Volunteers have been out in force to try to provide more homes for the rare Pied Flycatcher bird in woods near
Pied Flycatchers are amber listed under the
categories because of steep declines in their population in recent years. UK
They are closely associated with oak woodland such as that found on the Ercall and take readily to nest boxes, so the volunteers have high hopes that the majority of the nest boxes will be occupied this spring.
The nest boxes may also attract Redstarts which, like the Pied Flycatcher, are an amber listed, breeding season visitor, from south of the
Matthew Marston, reserves officer for Shropshire Wildlife Trust, co-ordinated the day. He said: “We have carefully numbered and recorded the location of each box to ensure reliable research data can be collected.
“During the breeding season the nest boxes will be inspected by a licensed
Shropshire bird ringer
to help the trust to monitor the birds’ breeding success.
“We are extremely grateful for the donation
of the boxes from CJ Wildlife and for the assistance of
such dedicated volunteers who have helped to move this project forward.”
The nest boxes used are constructed from a material called eco-plate which is produced from recycled car seats.
As well as being environmentally friendly the boxes are harder-wearing than wood and will also offer additional protection from predators such as squirrels and woodpeckers.
There are estimated to be about 35,000 to 40,000 pairs breeding in the
each year. UK