On Friday I headed straight from school to another school, Savio High School in Bootle, to pick up a consignment of BOB boxes. The BOB boxes are a multi-use (Bird Or Bat) nest box, designed by Steve Burrowes and manufactured by the students at Savio. Savio have kindly donated thirty boxes to Rimrose Ringers to use on Rimrose Valley.
Last year, Savio won an Observer Ethical Award for Kids for the design of the box, highlighted by a successful project in Knowlsey Safari Park. This video features an interview with Steve, the students and some of the judges:
This weekend we got started on putting up the boxes. In the first instance, we have erected nineteen bat boxes, and eleven bird boxes as part of the pilot. We are hoping that Savio will be able to secure funding to be able to provide more boxes for next year so that we can grow the project outside of the pilot areas (Fulwood and Brook Vale).
Scouse Ringer and Box 5
Moxey showing off a BOB box set for bats
BOB box set for birds
BOB box set for bats
The bat boxes will be monitored by members of the local bat group, under licence, and we will monitor the bird boxes. A massive thanks go to Savio for all of their hard work on the boxes, hopefully this will be the start of a successful and fruitful partnership!
The BOB boxes retail for £10 with £2 of each sale being donated to the Bat Conservation Trust and the rest being reinvested into the project. The boxes are also available in flat-pack and are easily assembled. Comment on this post if you are interested in purchasing boxes.