Encourage bird life into your garden and help the local birds survive and thrive this Spring with the help of bird boxes made by the Men in Sheds from Oxted’s Woodhouse Centre. How will you customise yours?
We’d love all local residents (particularly those in the village, Chart village and more residential areas) to try to encourage birds and other wildlife into your gardens this spring.
One way you can do this is to put bird boxes, bat boxes and other animal houses (like bee and bug hotels) into your gardens.
The Woodhouse Centre in Oxted, home to the brilliant organisation, Men in Sheds, has some absolutely stunning bird boxes (including Swift Boxes), bug hotels and bird tables – ranging from £10 up to £45. These have all been hand made by Men in Sheds and proceeds go back to the charity.
TIP from RSPB:
- Unless there are trees or buildings that shade the box during the day, face the box between north and east, thus avoiding strong sunlight and the wettest winds.
- Make sure that the birds have a clear flight path to the nest without any clutter directly in front of the entrance.
- Also make sure that the boxes and bird tables are not within easy reach of cats and dogs (up high and away from fences and branches).
For more tips and information, read the RSPB’s article – the ultimate guide to nesting boxes: https://rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/nature-on-your-doorstep/garden-activities/homes-the-hole-story/
How will you customise yours?
How about customising your bird box or bug hotel?
We would love to feature the best Bird Box on the Limpsfield website and social media for Limpsfield, Limpsfield Parish Council and The Woodhouse Centre.
Send photos of your creations by Friday 10th March to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the woodhouse centre & Men in Sheds
The Woodhouse Centre provides a place for people to come together for companionship and to share the spirit of a cheerful busy environment while participating in creative activities including: knitting, needlework, tapestry, upholstery, caning, woodwork and other crafts.
The Centre includes a ‘Men in Sheds‘ which offers men and women the chance to learn woodwork and use the tools and resources to work on projects at their own pace and in a friendly and inclusive venue.
The Centre is located in Oxted (next to the leisure centre, behind Morrisons), and is open four mornings each week: Mondays – Thursdays, 09.30 – 12.30.
Men in Sheds is open Monday – Saturday, 9am – 5.30pm.
Feature image credit: RSPB