Build a box for the birds

National Bird Box Building week starts on February 14 and a local nature centre will be celebrating it with a series of special events.

Schools, youth groups and organisations are invited to contact Ramsden Farm Education Access Centre, Ramsden Lane, Walsden, to reserve their special day during the week.

Visitors will be welcomed to the farm and shown the new facilities there and will then get the opportunity to meet officers from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and discuss the conservation work they are involved in at Ramsden Farm, said Yvonne Haworth, of the centre.

“All the young visitors will then be able to build their own bird box, which they can either have sited at the farm, or can take away to put in their own garden or school grounds.

“They can then enjoy the panoramic views whilst they eat their packed lunch in the teacher’s shelter before setting off on a farm walk,” said Yvonne.

“During the walk visitors will stop at some of the notice boards located around the farm. This will give them the chance to learn about the conservation and restoration work that is going on at the farm. They will then get the opportunity to visit the livestock in the building to conclude their visit.

“Obviously visits are limited and are given on a first come first served basis.”

Schools and groups should contact Yvonne on 01706 813667 as soon as possible to arrange days and times. All visits are provided free as part of a Natural England initiative, although groups will have to provide their own transport to the farm.

The farm is accessible by car or mini-bus and there are ample parking facilities, she said.