Outlook Issue 20 Winter 2015
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Bobbi and the ham sandwich
19 Here are some ideas about bird boxes to start you off … Put up a bird box … You can encourage birds to live in your garden by giving them a variety of places to nest. A bird box is a great alternative to a tree hole and many different types of birds will use one. The type of birds that nest in your box will depend on the location, the type of box and the size of the entrance hole. Sparrows, for example, need an entrance hole of 32mm and the box size should be 200-250mm. Starlings require a 45mm hole and a box measuring 250-300mm. Place your box in a quiet place out of the reach of cats, between two and five metres up a tree. Ideally the box should face between north and east, as this protects the box from direct sunlight and the strongest winds. Tilt the box forward slightly so that driving rain hits the roof and does not enter the box. Put different types of boxes in different places around the garden. Open- fronted bird boxes placed low down and hidden well in the vegetation attract robins and wrens. Sparrows and starlings are getting quite rare! Putting a bird box high in the eaves will help local populations. Remember to clean out your bird boxes during winter every year to prevent a build-up of débris and to remove fleas and other pests. Once clean, put in a handful of wood shavings to encourage birds to use the box as a winter roost. The RSPB offers great DIY projects, including how to make your own bird boxes: https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/makeahomeforwildlife/givenatureahomeinyourgard en/gardenactivities/?Help=34 Seb Hutton-Squire Bobbi and the ham sandwich A short story for children Bobbi the Puggle was a London dog. She knew all about pavements, parks and pedestrian crossings. She knew about police car sirens, pampered poodles and Portobello Road. And she loved food more than anything in the whole world. Food was important to Bobbi wherever she was – in the pub