fund a bird
Optimised Waste Logistics are proud to be associated with the Hawk Conservancy and the Fund a Bird scheme. The synergy between the two organisations is mainly aligned through the name, however, both have an strong environmental awareness and strive to improve the environment in many ways including efficient recycling, reduction in carbon footprint and protection of wildlife.
Fund-a-Bird is the nest box scheme that gives a homeless bird of prey somewhere to live.
A lack of suitable nest sites is a limiting factor for many bird species that rely on holes or cavities for their nests. At least four British raptor species are affected in this way – barn owls, kestrels, little owls and tawny owls. Whilst areas of foraging habitat may exist, without suitable nest sites breeding opportunities and population growth are limited.
Many of our cavity nesting raptors have become dependent on the provision and maintenance of artificial nest boxes due to the loss of natural sites, such as old hollow trees and traditional agricultural buildings.
Fund-a-Bird is a nest box installation and monitoring scheme run by the Hawk Conservancy Trust that aims to address this lack of suitable nest sites, and give owls and kestrels a home.
By subscribing to this project you will be contributing to the environmental survey of suitable habitat, the building and erection of nest boxes, monitoring of nest boxes, and the ringing and follow up health surveys on chicks.
Volunteers at the Hawk Conservancy Trust build the nest boxes. Because each of the four target species have different nesting requirements the nest boxes are all specially designed for their needs, and mimic their traditional natural cavities.;Staff from the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s Conservation and Research department find areas of good feeding habitat and gain permission from landowners and farmers to erect nest boxes, and encourage them to maintain and create areas of foraging habitat for the birds.
During the breeding season specially trained and licensed staff monitor and maintain the nest boxes and any chicks that hatch inside the boxes are ringed with British Trust for Ornithology leg rings so that their future progress can be monitored.