Blog Category: General update
The Trust is continuing our collaborative environmental group-work projects with Dumbarton Area Council on Alcohol (DACA). With their fishing group having a winter break we have been busy doing some winter workshops to appreciate their local environment. This has introduced them to different species of bats and birds they will find locally, the importance of them in our natural environment and what we can do to protect them.
Our first workshop started off with everyone measuring out sections to make small bird nest boxes for blue, coal and marsh tits. Everyone was keen to get started and within no time at all they were all busy sawing and hammering away and the boxes took shape. It was a delight to see everyone working together, enjoying themselves and grow in confidence throughout the day. These boxes will boost local biodiversity and these boxes have gained their interest in local wildlife.
Our next session together seen the more skilled and experienced woodworkers taking on the greater challenge of making a kestrel and tawny owl box – with outstanding results. We also managed to create a few smaller boxes for bats.
It will be rewarding when we head out and get these boxes in place along the eastern bank of the River Leven. This is the area where our wild trails stretch from the A82 road bridge to the Vale of Leven industrial estate. It is hoped that these boxes will encourage wildlife as we continue to improve the environment along the River Leven for all.