Sherston's nesting birds benefit from Malmesbury Area Board cash

This Is Wiltshire: Martin Rae Martin Rae

A Springwatch-style project with cameras in Sherston bird boxes is just one of three projects to receive a cash boost from Malmesbury Area Board.

Groups of youths working on various projects in and around Malmesbury have been given a share of £5,000 to develop their projects which are designed to encourage young people to work alongside adults to achieve a sense of community and understanding.

Adeline Farm received £1,500 to landscape the area, provide picnic tables, and planting information. They will also be making bird boxes and feeders and a stream and sensory flowers will be put in for those with sensory loss.

In Sherston, the Wild Sherston event has received £1,367 to build bird and bat boxes with web-cams for use by the community and schools.

Martin Rae, who applied for the funding, said: “The money will help to put up a number of boxes in the village.

“There will be some for the swifts at the back of the village hall and the house sparrows in the high street. The house sparrows are getting quiet rare actually so we really want to encourage them.

“We want to have cameras installed in some of the boxes so people will be able to access it off their wi-fi.”

A third project group in Foxley and Norton has received £2,000 for members of the community to develop the Saxon history of the area around Bremilham Church – the smallest church in use in England.

The money will cover art/stained glass workshops, an exhibition of local information and an tablet computer format of the exhibition.

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