New bird boxes at the Gearrchoille

Despite restrictions we have been able to continue some projects in the Gearrchoille

Volunteers putting up the new bird boxes. © Betty Wright

Last week of May and only 7ºC at midday! What a cold, wet, snowy spring it has been! But in among the cold days there has been some sunshine and the spring flowers and returning birds bring joy – although rather later than usual.

Despite restrictions we have been able to continue some projects in the Gearrchoille. After the ‘great gravel shortage’, we took delivery of several tons and this was mainly spread around the car park area to fill in pot holes.

In late March and hopefully not too late for this year’s residents we put up several new bird boxes – mainly within sight of the path, so do keep a look out as you walk through. These were three sizes – for blue tits, starling and a rather odd looking shaped ones designed for tree creepers, who apparently choose to nest in restricted spaces. Time will tell whether those spotted in the Gearrchoille will appreciate their new homes. Thanks to Andy for making the boxes and Liam who helped put them up and continues to monitor any occupants for us. We are still hoping to organise a bird box project making boxes with local people for siting around the wider local area. If you would be interested in helping with this, please get in touch.

We have also been doing some regular tidying up of trailing branches and sagging fences – please, if you see anything which needs attention let us know via Facebook page, or email.

We would like to thank Ardgay & District Community council for their ongoing support and award of funds from Coire na Cloiche Community Benefit Fund which will enable us to continue our stewardship of the wood whilst also enabling access and some quiet places to sit.

by Betty Wright

Last Updated on 10 June, 2021 by Kyle Chronicle

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