New home for our feathered friends

Pictured are Shade School pupils  Harry Griffiths, eight, and Alfie Evans, seven
Pictured are Shade School pupils Harry Griffiths, eight, and Alfie Evans, seven

Children learned about birds and made homes for their feathered friends during a special week of activities.

Calderdale youngsters including pupils from Shade Primary School visited Ramsden Farm Education Access Centre, Walsden, during National Bird Box Building Week.

They spoke to officers from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and discussed the conservation work being carried out at Ramsden Farm.

The visitors built their own bird boxes and tables which they could either site at the farm or take away to put in their own garden or school grounds.

During the visit, the children also went on a farm walk and saw some of the livestock including cattle and sheep.

Yvonne Howarth, from Ramsden Farm, said: “We have been quite busy. We have had visits most days.

“The children all enjoyed the week. It’s been a very valuable experience.

“They got such a lot out of it and more of an understanding of where their food comes from.

“We just want to keep schools interested so we can keep the centre going.”

She thanked Charlotte Weightman, from the RSPB, for attending.

She also thanked Gordon Rigg’s Garden Centre and F Fielden and Son Joiners for supplying materials to make the bird boxes and tables.

The visits were provided free as part of a Natural England initiative.

Mrs Howarth said Ramsden Farm is going to hold another week of activities in May on the theme of “new life”. It will include lambing and pond dipping.