Young artists build homes for birds

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Young artists were invited to build birdhouses as part of National Nest Box Week, by art group Start Living with Art.

The children assembled their birdhouses themselves and painted them to encourage garden birds to nest.

Amy Goldup, an art facilitator for Start Living with Art said: “We had so much fun celebrating National Nest Box week which runs in time for nesting season. The children have been making a variety of boxes from blue-tit, robin to blackbird houses and we have had a very busy morning getting the boxes ready.”

National Nest Box week is an initiative to encourage people to contribute to the conservation effort in the UK and give people the opportunity to do their bit in providing a home for birds. Putting up a nest box is one of the best things you can do for birds this time of year, as natural nesting sites are quickly disappearing.

Zara Harris, 11, took part and said: “It has been great and at first I couldn’t decide which birdhouse I wanted to make but eventually I decided to make a blue-tit birdhouse because blue-tits come into my garden. I didn’t realise that the normal nesting places were disappearing and it’s important to help by putting up boxes to create more homes.”

The children donated a robin birdhouse to the Lytham St Annes Civic Society which is to be mounted in WitchWood.

For more art and craft workshops by Start living with Art, please email Amy on or visit the website