In late December 2019 Martin Calvert, from Friends of Gledhow Valley, installed two nest boxes on our site and one a few metres away on the Hope Pastures horse shelter.
When, this October, Hope Pastures took down their shelter he returned and relocated that nest box in our field close together with a new one.
He also took the opportunity to empty the nest boxes to clean them for next breeding season. We were delighted to see that the three original boxes had been used and contained two Tree Sparrow nests and one Great Tit nest.
It is hoped that by grouping four boxes close together we might encourage a Tree Sparrow colony.
Martin explored further nest box sites with us and returned in late December with four more boxes which he has put up by the cabin. He has even numbered them.
Martin makes the boxes himself out of materials he has collected over the years. In appreciation of their work, Alwoodley Allotment Society has offered Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods a donation for all his help.
Thanks to Martin and AASL member Diana Hector for making this happen