Conservation charity wants people to buy a love nest this Valentine's Day

Droitwich Advertiser: Julie Allen  and Anne Williams with some of the bird boxes. Julie Allen and Anne Williams with some of the bird boxes.

A CONSERVATION charity is inviting romantics to invest in their very own love nest this Valentine’s Day.

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is hoping a virtual gift of a nest box will prove the perfect present for nature-loving partners across the county.

Not only will a purchase show their partner how much they care, but it will also give a helping hand to woodland birds.

Becky Bradshaw-King, co-ordinator of the scheme, said: “National Nest Box Week starts this year on Valentine’s Day for good reason. Just like us, the bird world is starting to think of spring and birds will be starting to look for a suitable place to cosy up before raising a family.

“Renting a nest on one of our nature reserves is a perfect present to show a loved one how much you care about them as well as our wildlife. The bird boxes increase the number of potential nesting sites and improve the chances of birds breeding successfully.”

The scheme funds nest boxes to be erected in four Worcestershire woodlands. The boxes are then rented on an annual basis to rent-a-nest leaseholders.

For just £10, leaseholders receive a beautiful gift card to give to their loved ones. For an extra £5, the leaseholder will be invited to an event in the spring where they have the opportunity to view their nest box and will also receive a report to say what’s nested in their box.

Purchasers can choose from four woodlands – Knowles Coppice in Bewdley, Lower Smite Farm, near Droitwich, Tiddesley Wood in Pershore or The Knapp and Papermill in Alfrick Pound. The nest boxes come in a range of sizes and with different holes to appeal to a variety of bird species.

The rent-a-nest scheme is an important fundraiser to ensure the trust can continue to protect and improve wildlife and habitats across the county.

Anyone wishing to purchase a lease can do so via the charity’s website at worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/shop, in person from Lower Smite Farm or over the phone on 01905 754919.

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