New bird box trail at Memorial Park in Redhill

Some of the birdboxes (photo via RBBC)

 

This half term kids can have a go at finding 22 new colourfully decorated bird boxes installed in Redhill’s Memorial Park by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council.

As well as helping the park’s wildlife, the unique design of each box and accompanying trail leaflets aim to encourage visitors to spot the boxes and the birds who use them.

Visitors might see blue tits, great tits, robins and thrushes – and even bats.

The trail – which is both wheelchair and pushchair friendly – was installed earlier in spring before bird nesting season began by the council’s Greenspaces team. The boxes were created by the Men in Sheds Group at Furnistore in Redhill, and decorated by local artists and council staff.

Cllr Alex Horwood, Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services, said:

“The 22 bird boxes make a wonderful addition to the park. Not only do they show off the skills of our many talented local artists, but they also encourage us to get back to nature and appreciate the bird life that our greenspaces bring to us as visitors to the park.

The trail forms part of our work to encourage healthy lifestyles through making our open spaces more accessible, fun and educational. I would encourage residents to take time to explore the trail, see how many nest boxes you can find and spot what is living in them.”

The trail can be found at Memorial Park, London Road, Redhill RH1 1SZ. Trail leaflets are available to pick up at the Park’s pavilion cafe, or to download via the council’s website where there’s also more information.

The council is asking people who visit the trail to tag them in their pictures on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook on @reigatebanstead using the hashtags #LookUp and #SpotTheBox, and they’ll share the best ones.

The new Redhill installations follow last year’s creation of the Earlswood Lakes Bird Box trail, where 23 bird boxes can be found in trees around the lake.