Following on from National Nest Box Week (14 – 21 Feb), residents at The Elms care home in Crewe have been delighted to find their garden alive with the sound of birdsong thanks to a generous donation from a group of local IT apprentices.
Working under a citizenship project led by the learning and training organisation, Escalla, the group came together to build a number of nest boxes; two of which have been installed at the CLS-run care home.
Among the many resident twitchers at The Elms, 78-year-old Shirley Parton (pictured) commented: “It’s lovely to see the garden so busy with birds – it makes you feel much closer to nature and reminds me of how I used to enjoy spending time outdoors when I was young. Between us, we’ve already spied blue tits, sparrows and a robin!”
The Elms Home Manager, Nicola Brennan, added: “Everyone’s delighted with the boxes. Especially as, at CLS, we do all we can to actively support our residents to remain active and independent for as long as possible. This can be as simple as encouraging them to enjoy some fresh air out in our protected garden, as well as organising trips further afield.”
Nest boxes are also a great way of contributing to bird conservation by increasing the number of suitable nesting spaces, as well as helping to spread the enjoyment that bird observation can bring.
Joshua Lainton, one of the Escalla apprentices behind the donation, said: “It’s lovely to see the residents take an interest in the different types of garden birds; and it’s been nice for us to spend time getting to know some of the older members of our community.”