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Doing our bit for National Nest Box Week

BTO National Nest Box Week: 14th-21st February 2017

In preparation of the BTO’s 20th National Nest Box Week (NNBW) and the onset of 2017 breeding bird season, Tame Valley Wetlands have been doing their bit to create homes for our feathered friends.

Recently, Tame Valley Wetlands supplied 23 nest boxes to project sites at Kingsbury Water Park, Community Wetlands and Tameside LNR in Tamworth.  These have been installed and are ready for 2017 occupation.  The woodcrete boxes are BTO’s official nest boxes for National Nest Box Week which runs from 14th to 21st February, every year.  These sturdy boxes can last 20-25 years, much longer than the classic wooden nest boxes and they have different designs to accommodate different bird species.

We have also provided specialist boxes for :-

  • Kestrel
  • Tawny Owl
  • Kingfisher
  • Two willow baskets which can be used by Hobby
  • Barn Owl

Kestrel box (Left,)                   Owl box (right)

As well as classic nest boxes, two Sand Martin hotels have been built in February 2017 offering a total of 102 flood proof nest burrows.  We may even get Kingfishers using them!

Tameside LNR, Tamworth                            Kingsbury Water Park

(Photos: © T Doherty 2017)

The simple action of putting up a nest box is easy and will provide a thrilling reward when our feathered friends use them.  Find out more about what you can do on the BTO website.  Alternatively, why not join us on Thursday, 23rd February 2017 in Tamworth to build your own bird box which you can take home and put up in your garden.  There are still a few places left.  Book online via the events page.


Photos from our Nest Box Building day in 2016. (Photos © R Gries 2017)

Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund

Youth Engagement Officer – Job Advert

We are seeking a Youth Engagement Officer for the Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The job will involve overseeing the development and delivery of a youth programme to engage young people in a wide range of positive activities. The Youth Engagement Officer’s work will provide young people with a greater appreciation for the local heritage, the knowledge and skills to look after the land in a sustainable way, and develop firm foundations for young people’s future lives in the Tame Valley.

We are looking for someone with:-
• A current first aid certificate.
• Full driving license and access to a vehicle.

Preferably with:-
• A degree or experience in a conservation or environmental discipline.
• A JNC or local youth qualification.

Experience of:-
• Developing and delivering practical conservation and environmental projects involving young people.
• Proven track record in youth work settings such as centre-based work, detached or rural settings that are youth related.
• Experience of working with young people in outdoor settings.
• Project management including day to day responsibility for budgets.

Preference will be given to candidates who either live in the scheme area, or within a half an hour commute – or be willing to relocate to this area for the duration of the post (please state on application).

Employer: Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

Salary: £21,900 pa pro rata (plus 10% pension).

Hours: 25 hours / week (part-time).

Contract: 2.5 years (fixed-term).

Location: Hams Hall Environmental Centre, Near Coleshill, North Warwickshire.

Closing date: 12 noon, Thursday 3rd December 2015.

Interview date: Wednesday 9th December 2015.

For an Application Pack and to Apply: Please click here.