St Macnissi’s kids go out on a wing for wildlife

St Macnissi's schoolkids learn how to construct habitats for birds and bats. INLT-20-711-con

St Macnissi's schoolkids learn how to construct habitats for birds and bats. INLT-20-711-con

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Larne schoolchildren have helped build “urban homes” for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s winged wildlife.

Youngsters from St. MacNissi’s Primary School recently took part in the project to make wildlife habitats in a well wooded small amenity area near Smiley Park.

Under the experienced guidance of the Ulster Wildlife Trust’s Adrian Woodley, the P5 pupils made a number of bird and bat boxes from pre-cut templates to put up in the park.

The boxes will provide valuable homes for smaller song birds and local bats.

This is especially important as local parks within urban areas can be a haven for local biodiversity, and these nest and bat boxes will provide important nesting and roosting habitats that can sometimes be limited in the urban environment.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Councillor Billy Ashe commented: “The children from the school were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their local wildlife, and they really enjoyed the practical side of this activity.

“The boxes were put up in the park with help from the pupils after the construction was completed.

“It is hoped that local birds and bats will take up residence in these newly-provided habitats in the near future.”

For more information about the biodiversity of Mid and East Antrim Council or to find out ways to help local wildlife, contact the Council Biodiversity Officer by email, at maurice.turley@midandeastantrim.gov.uk