group of Sea Scouts have transformed an overgrown patch of land at Derwent
Reservoir Sailing Club into a deluxe bird-feeding area with a nautical theme.
Blyth Sea Scouts regularly carry out litter picks on Blyth beach and in the
surrounding area, and after being nominated in summer for the Love
Northumberland Awards, were awarded a £100 runner-up prize in the Young
a group membership at Derwent Reservoir SC and a fleet of eight sailing
dinghies, they decided to use the money to create a wildlife haven outside the
club's training hut - which has two windows overlooking it and can now also double-up
as a bird hide.
Scouts firstly had to clear the area and cut down the weeds and grass. They
then made bird feeders, using natural materials where possible and recycled
objects, and added an old boat as a centrepiece with a mast to hang them from.
log pile was also built to provide a home for minibeasts and shelter to attract
hedgehogs, which have been spotted within the grounds of the sailing club.
Assistant Scout Leader Pete McNaughton said: "Although sailing and powerboat driving is a
focus for us, with some stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking thrown in for
good measure, the group always likes to take part in environmental
the weather prevents access to the water, dry-land activities such as this one
at the club are needed, and they also contribute towards the Scouts achieving
environmental and community-based badges."
said an added bonus was that for family members left on shore while spouses,
children or parents were on the water, the bird feeding area provided some of
"nature's TV" to pass the time: "So far we've had visits from
blue and great tits, chaffinches, robins and blackbirds, and owls have been
spotted at the reservoir. As the area gets established we hope to see the
variety to expand."
have been bought from the RSPB centre at Saltholme to assist with bird identification,
along with a good stock of nuts and seed for the winter months.
year the Scouts aim to develop their project further with the making of bird
and bat boxes of varying styles to provide more habitats within the grounds of
out more about how to make your club green and sustainable with The Green Blue,
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