National Nest Box week

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Yesterday, Andrew Lawton (the Museum’s curatorial trainee) and I braved the cold outside the Museum entranace to make bird boxes with Evan Powell from the RSPB.

For National Nest Box Week, we made homes for starlings and sparrows which will be placed in trees around the University of Manchester campus. We’re hoping to increase the amount of wildlife that calls the University campus home.
Members of the public helped us by decorating the boxes with their individual artworks

We couldn’t decide whether this was a colder event than the Wonderful Whitworth Wildlife bioblitz last year!

Tomorrow, artist Lucy Burscough will be making beautiful bird houses made from woven naural fibres in one of our Urban Naturalist events. These nesting pouches would be suitable for wrens and are inspired by the work of the Scottish ‘outsider artist’ Angus McPhee.

4 thoughts on “National Nest Box week

    Rachel responded:
    February 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Reblogged this on Nature Manchester.

    Trainee Curator said:
    February 25, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I’m glad there was a steady stream of visitors to keep us entertained and take our minds off just how cold it was!

    Rachel responded:
    February 25, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I’m impressed that you and Evan managed all afternoon! I only did 2 hours and was still frozen through!

    Trainee Curator said:
    February 25, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Reblogged this on Trainee Biological Curator and commented:
    This has probably been the coldest experience of my traineeship thus far! Plenty of enthusiastic visitors to keep me focused though!

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