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Watch the birdies flock to the park!

Schoolchildren and voluntary groups have been helping Mansfield District Council to replace bird habitats being lost to housing developments in the local area.

The Maun Conservation Group has been working with children from nearby King Edward Primary School who have made bird boxes with volunteers from the group.

Children from King Edward School create bird boxes

As well as putting up nest boxes in their school, the children and conservation volunteers have also been installing the boxes in Titchfield Park.

An increase in housing developments has meant that many birds have lost their natural homes. Putting up bird boxes is a simple and effective way to help local birdlife.

It is hoped that by providing new homes for birds there will be an increase in wildlife in the park, which in turn local schools can use as an environmental education resource. A trail map, recording sheets and educational resources are available from Mansfield District Council Parks Service on 01623 463118 or parksandopenspaces@mansfield.gov.uk

Coun Eddie Smith, Portfolio Holder for the Environment at Mansfield District Council said: "We really appreciate the support we continue to enjoy from schools like King Edward Primary and voluntary organisations like the Maun Conservation Group.

"Mansfield is blessed with some fantastic parks and any work to make them more attractive to people and to wildlife must be applauded."

Local councillor and Chair of the Maun Conservation Group Tom Appleby added "We have a wonderful park and two local nature reserves which we help the Council to manage. We especially enjoy working with King Edward Primary School encouraging them to make the best use of the green spaces on their doorstep.'

The Maun Conservation Group

The Maun Conservation Group is a local community group of volunteers who help Mansfield District Council look after 3 sites; Titchfield Park, Quarry Lane Local Nature Reserve and The Oakham Local Nature Reserve. They volunteer their time and expertise running practical conservation tasks, working with the local primary school and encouraging use of the sites.

Anyone wishing to join the group should contact the Parks Service on 01623 463118 or parksandopenspaces@mansfield.gov.uk

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