Altrincham Golf Course is asking members, customers and local residents to donate bird boxes to help them boost the population of birds that inhabit the golf course. Working in partnership with local biodiversity and ecology consultancy firm, Biora, Altrincham Golf Course will monitor the birds and their sustainability.

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A number of the donated bird boxes will be decorated by children from St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School. In addition, the school children will be learning about the life cycle of birds and their importance for the environment. The pupils of St Vincent’s Primary school will also be involved with the care, installation and the monitoring of the nesting bird life, with some of the bird boxes having cameras fitted so they can view new life starting.

Paul Murray, General Manager, Altrincham Golf Course, says: “Trafford Leisure’s Altrincham Golf Course is a wonderful green space directly in the heart of the town centre; it’s a very special place, with over 100 acres of land, which is home to many varieties and breeds of birds. We are asking our local community to help us to look after this superb green space for the long term and to help us to protect and maximise the bird population.

“Unfortunately, due to increased urbanisation, a lack of suitable habitat, the loss of woodland and the use of herbs and pesticides, the birdlife is struggling and needs all the help it can get. Birds help us and the environment by pollinating plants and flowers, eating pests like insects and spreading seeds for more plants to grow.”

Biora, an established biodiversity consultancy that has recently relocated to Altrincham Golf Course, is supporting the drive. Jenny Oliver, Managing Director, sees a huge need for this type of community project: “In the UK right now, 15% of all of species are threatened with extinction – and we’ve seen bird numbers in particular drop to critical levels. A good example is the Tree Sparrow – its numbers have declined by 95% in the UK since 1970. Similarly, Starling numbers dropped by 71% and Song Thrush by 56%. There really is a Biodiversity Emergency across the country right now, but we can all do something to help tackle it, however small we start.”

Bird boxes can be donated at Altrincham Golf Course & Driving Range, Stockport Rd, Timperley, Altrincham, WA15 7LP between the 20th January till the 21st February.

Murray concludes: “It’s fantastic to involve local children with this environmental initiative. It’s a hands-on approach that will really add value and understanding for the pupils, plus I can’t wait to see their hand-decorated bird boxes brightening up the golf course.

“The donated bird boxes can be any shape or size, new or old, and every donation will be received with thanks. Trafford Leisure plans to share images and videos of the nesting birds with the wider community, so even more people can benefit and learn from this project.”

Oliver adds: “Another really simple way to start making a difference is to join in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch from 28th to 30th January. It’s incredibly easy – and maybe easier to get involved this year with so many of us working from home. There’s lots of information on the RSPB’s website right now.”