Bird box trail launches at Earlswood Lakes

A great tit was the first to move in (photo: Elizabeth O’Reilly)


A decorative bird box trail has been installed on Earlswood Common, with a total of 23 eye-catching nest boxes installed around the lake paths.

The trail aims to encourage people to look up and around them to appreciate the flora and fauna of the site, while also benefiting the local bird life.

The site’s bat population will also able to take advantage of the new homes, as roosts.

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s Greenspaces team worked with the ‘Men in Sheds’ group at Furnistore in Redhill and local artists to create the trail.

A free launch event runs on Saturday 26 May (2018), 10am – 4pm, with art and craft activities, the chance to design a bird box and the opportunity to meet the artists and the Men in Sheds group.

Last week, the council’s then executive member for the environment, Cllr Lynne Hack, encouraged people to attend the launch event and see how many boxes they could spot:

“They are already home to Great Tits, Blue Tits and Robins.

The trail forms part our work to encourage healthy lifestyles through making our open spaces more accessible, fun and educational. We’ve had some wonderful feedback from people who have already visited the site.

When you visit, don’t forget to take pictures and tag us in your social media posts to let us know how many bird boxes you spotted and which one is your favourite, or how you would decorate your bird box. We will be sharing the best ones.”

The bird boxes themselves were made by the Men in Sheds group, and were then decorated by local artists and some of the council’s own Greenspaces staff.

The finished items were put up in February, ready for the nesting season which runs to August.

A bird box trail sheet is available here (PDF) and more general information about Earlswood Common is on a council webpage.

The council has also been putting out information on its Facebook page and Twitter account, hashtags #SpotTheBox and #LookUp.


Video by That’s Surrey TV about the trail


Some of the bird boxes (photo via RBBC)


Edited 27 May 2018 to add/change links for more information.