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Swan Housing Association has been working with students from James Hornsby School and Andrew Sidders from the Essex Wildlife Trust to build nesting boxes for robins and blue tits ahead of this year's nesting season. The nesting boxes have been completed ahead of National Bird Box week which runs from 14-21 February.
During the practical sessions, each student made their own nesting box to take home and heard a talk on the importance of protecting biodiversity and bird life in the local area from Andrew Sidders.
Frankie Bowen, Swan's Sustainability Coordinator, also spoke to the young people about the regeneration of the Laindon Shopping Centre. Some of the bird boxes will be incorporated in this exciting regeneration scheme as part of a wider green space improvement plan. She said:
We were delighted to have the opportunity to speak to the students at James Hornsby School and to discuss with importance of bird life in their communities. We hope that the bird boxes made by the students will help to attract nesting birds to their gardens, so they can enjoy watching their local wildlife.