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Caithness Countryside Volunteers Nature Rangers Bird Links


The Dunnet Bay Visitor Centre turned into a busy workshop for eager bird box builders last Sunday when over 20 volunteers turned up to 'Build a Bird Box Day'.

The event was organised by Rangers in The Highland Council's Planning and Development Service in response to the Local Biodiversity Action Plan which highlighted a need for specialised bird boxes.

Instead of the more common tit and robin type nest boxes, the volunteers tried their hand at building tree creeper and communal house sparrow boxes. The tree creeper boxes will be erected in broadleaf woodlands such as Dunbeath and Achvarasdal and the communal house sparrow boxes in towns through out the county.

Marina Finlayson, East Caithness Ranger said: "We were delighted to get so many volunteers turning out for the event. Everyone worked hard to produce some wonderful boxes which will be put to good use through out the county.

"The project was funded through a community grant from Scottish Natural Heritage and run as part of the Caithness Countryside Volunteer programme of events."