Bird box building

It’s National Nest Box Week and we’ve joined forces with a group of crafty Dudley pensioners to help care for the site’s feathered friends.

Senior Citizens Enterprise Woodwork Group, based at Meadow Road Youth Centre, have spent the last six weeks building bird boxes, bird tables, bat boxes and penguin boxes for our exotic and native species after contacting DZG Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, offering their services.

Chris said: “We’re really thankful to the group members, who were all willing to offer their services freely and build the boxes for us.

“Their talents have saved us hundreds of pounds if we’d have had to buy the boxes ourselves and they’ve created happy homes for our animals.

“We’re looking forward to working with them on future projects and have invited them on site to come and see their handiwork in use.”

The group, who are from all kinds of career backgrounds and don’t have a trained carpenter among them, meet Monday to Thursday from 9am to 2.30pm at the youth centre and hand craft allsorts from clocks and benches to beautiful rocking horses in their workshop.

Senior Citizens Enterprise Woodwork Group chair, William Darby, aged 82, said: “We were glad to be of help and have really enjoyed making the bird and bat boxes, especially the penguin boxes, as we’ve never made one of those before and it’s lovely when you know they’re going to such a good cause.”

National Nest Box Week takes place each year from 14-21 February and aims to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes to provide a safe haven for breeding birds and wildlife.

Now in its 20th year, the annual event is organised by British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).


For more details about the woodwork group contact William on 01384 620396 or email

  • Pictured above: Derek Lunn, William Darby, DZG Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson and David Probert, with one of the penguin boxes.