To celebrate World Environment Day (5th June), housebuilder Dandara has donated robin nests to St Michael’s CofE Primary School. The house builder, whose St Michael’s Park development is located just down the road from the school, is hoping to support the local robin population whose territorial habits and high mortality rates - particularly during the winter months - mean that their numbers could drop rapidly if they do not have a fresh supply of food and a cosy nest to live in*.
The robin brushwood nests are supplied by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and will provide a home for robins, especially during the colder months, and offer a cosy nesting space away from predators and threats on the ground. The robin nests have been installed in quiet areas of the playground in hollows, climbing plants and tree roots which give a concealed location for the birds to rest and lay eggs. The nests will be regularly monitored by pupils and teach the importance of caring for the environment and nature around them.
Simon Pendlebury, Managing Director at Dandara Northern Home Counties, comments: “As a responsible housebuilder, we try to help local wildlife and the environment wherever possible and couldn’t be happier to partner with St Michael’s CofE Primary School again for this important campaign to protect robins. We hope that the pupils enjoying learning about robins and monitoring the nests from afar.”
David Morley, Head Teacher at St Michael’s CofE Primary School, adds: “Whilst robins are on the green conservation list, it is never too early to take steps to ensure the birds safety. This activity on World Environment Day was a great way to get the pupils discussing what they can do to care for the local wildlife and the importance of protecting it. We are looking forward to monitoring the nests and hope it makes a lovely home for some robins!”