Panasonic helping wildlife
PUBLISHED: 11:53 14 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:51 20 February 2013
Bird, bug and bat boxes built in Bracknell
Panasonic has joined forces with the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) to build bird, bug and bat boxes in the grounds of Panasonic UKs head office in Bracknell. About 30 employees from a variety of departments took part, demonstrating a wide range of carpentry skills. This year a total of 34 boxes were made during the lunch period.
This is the second year running that Panasonic has participated in the successful event.It is a way for employees to engage with the local environment and play their part in helping to protect a number of different species. In previous years, Panasonic employees have helped BBOWT to protect the precious heathland habitat of Wildmoor Heath Nature Reserve, a site close to Bracknell that has been sponsored by the company.
Bird, bug and bat boxes provide a safe place for a variety of species that are losing much of their natural habitat. Many garden birds, for example, nest in trees which are increasingly being cut down, leaving them with far fewer suitable places to raise and protect their young. The local species of bird that can benefit from these boxes typically include garden birds such as members of the tit family, flycatchers and robins. Large open-fronted boxes can become home to owls and kestrels. Each box produced promises to play a vital role in preserving many of our local wildlife species.
Emily Gould, Fundraising Manager at BBOWT, provided a few tips for optimum positioning of the boxes: Bird boxes should be put up during autumn or winter and attached to a tree or a fence avoiding direct sunlight and strong winds. Bat boxes benefit in locations such as woodland and parkland, but you can also put them under the eaves of roofs. Bug boxes can be placed just about anywhere in the garden to provide a habitat for ladybirds, bees or lacewings."
For more information on the role of BBOWT, their aims, activities (and ways in which you can get involved with the trust) take a look at the BBOWT website at www.bbowt.org.uk.