To mark the British Trust for Ornithology’s National Nest Box Week, 14 – 21 Feb, we will soon be putting up some new nesting boxes at Gloucester Services. New nest boxes have also been going into place in Tebay Services in the last few weeks.
There are 2 types of nest boxes going up at Gloucester Services imminently. The more open of the designs should hopefully attract Robins and possibly Blackbirds to nest. The other boxes have a small entrance on the front and should attract tit species, especially Blue Tit.
National Nest Box Week aims to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes in their local area in order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife.
Our Environmental Manager, John, explained, “It’s essential that we encourage biodiversity on site. A good mix of species keeps the environment happy and healthy. It’s important that each business respects the unique landscape it belongs to.”
We already have lots of species making their home at our motorway service areas. John recently took these photos at Gloucester Services to document which species are already enjoying our building and landscape.
A Dunnock, a very small brown and grey bird. It’s often seen on its own and tends to inhabit well vegetated areas with scrub, brambles and hedges. They obviously appreciate our landscaped area and surrounding farmland.
A Goldcrest, Britain’s smallest bird weighing between 4-5 grams! Widespread and common across the whole of the UK, we’re delighted they’ve given our pond area the seal of approval!
A Stonechat. They are recognisable thanks to their striking bold orange plumage. They tend to breed in western and southern parts of the UK. The areas of reeds in our sustainable urban drainage encourage this bird to the environment.
A Robin, arguably the UK’s favourite wild bird! They can be very territorial but thanks to our large site, we’ve seen several at Gloucester Services.
A Common Gull, ‘dancing on ice’!
Photos taken by our Environmental Manager, John France.