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Shrewsbury, Shropshire, United Kingdom
FSC Preston Montford has been an outdoor classroom since 1957 and is a Field Studies Council centre. We deliver curriculum related outdoor education by the experts; from pre-school to Masters level; for infants, school students, undergraduates and enquiring adults with an interest in the natural world. Courses for schools and individuals. A venue for others to use; with bed space for 130, catering facilities and 7 fully equipped teaching and meeting spaces.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Nestbox making with The Westminster School - Peter Griffiths

The Westminster School applied for and were successful in receiving a grant from the FSC Kids Fund to fund a residential trip this March to Preston Montford. The majority of The Westminster pupils have very limited opportunities to connect with the natural environment as they are from a deprived urban setting.

On their last morning with us, I assisted Angela (our Education Team Leader) along with teachers from Westminster School in an activity for the children to build their own bird boxes. The purpose of this activity was to help build essential team work skills as well as practical conservation skills. Also we aimed to help raise the children’s awareness of the wildlife that surrounds us every day, and how to accommodate it better. 

After a demonstration from Angela, the class worked in small teams to support each other in making the measurements and using the saws and hammers carefully and effectively. Step by step, working together, they built their bird boxes. Every group finished the activity in time for their lunch and were rightfully very proud of their efforts!

Some of the boxes went back to Westminster school to encourage birds to nest in their school grounds, and 4 were left at Preston Montford to further increase our chances of watching wildlife. We have secured them to trees within our grounds and with a 28mm diameter hole drilled in, we look forward to observing great tits and tree sparrows soon.