We were delighted to team up with Impress the Chess to participate in National Bird Box Week. Local residents sponsored bird boxes along the River Chess, to provide nesting opportunities for species including blue tits, great tits and robins.
Ten sponsored boxes were installed by our volunteers in Meades Water Gardens, Chesham to give the small bird population a helping hand. We will monitor the boxes as the bird breeding season progresses to see if the boxes are being used.
This project was initiated by the Impress the Chess group as the first of a series of improvements to habitats along the River Chess. Impress the Chess is a Chesham Town Council-led partnership of local authorities, conservation bodies and community groups that works to protect and restore the River Chess in Chesham. The partnership has created an Action Plan to help conserve this rare chalk stream environment and is actively working with landowners and volunteers on schemes like this.
Having already run a similar scheme at some of our own sites, we were pleased to be able to lend a hand.
The volunteers were pleased to be working in the early Spring sunshine and were watched by a number of birds as well as interested passersby, so we are hopeful that the bird boxes will soon be investigated by birds look for an ideal nesting spot!