11th February 2017

Birds fly high in the sky, make a new home for them in your garden!

Join the Ring of Gullion team and Ulster Wildlife for a nest box building workshop on Saturday 11th February 2.00pm-4.00pm as part of National Nest Box Week. The workshop will be provided in the Pastoral Centre, Jonesborough. Attendees will get a chance to make their very own nest box to bring home and use in the hopes of encouraging more birds in their garden. To book a place on this free event, visit

Valentine’s Day marks the start of National Nest Box Week. It’s the time we remind ourselves to give courting birds a warm, secure home for raising the next generation! Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council says explains, “We are looking forward to help the local community to make their own nest box and providing information on what birds to look out for in the garden”.

She added “National Nest Box Week takes places from 14-21 February 2017 and it’s a chance for everyone to encourage birds in their garden to come home to roost! The idea behind the week is to get us all to put up nest boxes in our local areas, not only to protect the wildlife we already have, but to encourage even more birds to brood in our backyards!”

Natural nest sites for birds such as holes in trees or old buildings are disappearing fast as gardens are ‘tidied’ and old houses are repaired. Taking part in NNBW gives you the chance to contribute to bird conservation whilst giving you the pleasure of observing any breeding birds that you attract to your nest box.


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