The Colne Valley Regional Park is full of habitats that are ideal for our winged wildlife, namely bats and birds. These fascinating animals can be seen in towns and cities, in woodlands, meadows, on lakes and just about everywhere else in the valley. They take up residence in a variety of places, from cracks and holes in trees to gaps in buildings and other man-made structures. In a time of increasing urbanisation, we are doing our bit to give our amazing wildlife a helping hand. We are putting nest boxes up across the valley to provide additional habitat for our winged friends. We have created a handy poster outlining the types of boxes we are using and what we hope might take up residence in them. You can use this poster to look for these boxes and maybe even spot the new home owner as they fly in or out of the box. It also provides a guide if you want to do your bit for bats and birds at home or in your garden. Gardens are a fantastic place for a nest box so why not put a small box up and who knows, maybe you’ll have a new neighbour in the near future!
If you’d like more opportunities to go birdwatching in the Colne Valley there are lots of excellent sites to choose from. Some of the best include Staines Moor and Staines Reservoir, Thorney Country Park, Langley Park and the Rickmansworth Aquadrome.
Read more about bats in the Colne Valley, read one of our articles this year about them here.