July 21, 2024

A Rhyl based nature reserve development is opening up the tree tops to tempt winged wildlife to new homes.

Denbighshire County Council’s Countryside Service and volunteers have helped put up new homes for birds and bats at the community orchard development based at the south of Brickfield Pond Nature Reserve.

Ongoing redevelopment work has helped connect an old community orchard and pond to the main site with the installation of a new path, the clearing of undergrowth, new fences and a manmade wooden bridge connecting to the area.

The bridge connects to a circular route around the pond and water courses have been cleared in the area to encourage Water Voles to the site, helping improve biodiversity.

Supported by Nature for Health, the group recently opened the doors of three bird houses and a bat box at the orchard site.

Bat boxes are useful for providing a secure roosting site for bats to support local populations and with woodland birds in decline, the extra homes on the trees will provide a safer environment for local species.

The homes at height are in addition to recent ground level establishments put on the site to support hedgehogs and insects located at the nature reserve.

Countryside Ranger Vitor Evora said: “We are grateful to the volunteers who have helped us put up these important homes for both bats and birds as we need to support both animals to stop the decline in their populations and the biodiversity of the orchard allows us to do so.

“We’ve also installed a trap camera on the site and we have already seen several species of birds here so these houses will help to support them.

Cllr Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport and Council Biodiversity Champion, said: “It is fantastic to see this project at Brickfield Pond continue to grow and lend a helping hand to local wildlife as well. All credit to the volunteers and Countryside staff for continuing to make this site an important biodiversity asset for the nature reserve.”