Pupils hoping for egg-citing new residents at school

Date: Thursday 25 February 2016

WEB Barley Hill Primary - Nest Boxes

Pupils at a number of schools in Oxfordshire are hoping to welcome some very special new residents to their school, with a little help from us.

Our Oxfordshire team has provided a fantastic new home for some local birds – in the shape of five nest boxes that we donated to various schools.

The nest boxes were given to Barley Hill Primary School in Thame, East Wichel Primary School in Wichelstowe, Stephen Freeman Primary School in Didcot, Bishop Loveday Primary School in Bodicote and Hook Norton Primary School in Hook Norton. 

The nest boxes were installed within the school grounds as part of National Nest Box Week, in the hope that they will make a home for breeding birds, as well as enhance the children’s learning about the natural world.

Nikki Gibson, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Oxfordshire, says: “We’re hoping our nest boxes will give the schoolchildren some fantastic opportunities to observe wildlife close at hand and also aid the conservation of the bird population.

“This donation is just one example of the way we are happy to help local schools and we look forward to continuing our work with schools.”

National Nest Box Week is organised by the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) and takes place each year from 14th to 21st February.

Natural nest sites for birds such as holes in trees or old buildings are disappearing fast as gardens are ‘tidied’ and old houses are repaired, and providing a nest box is a great way to help breeding birds.

Tips and advice on making or buying and installing a nest box are available on the BTO website at www.bto.org/about-birds/nnbw.