This month, Blaenau Gwent & Caerphilly’s Youth Offending Service (YOS) donated 25 colourful bird boxes to Parc Cwm Darran. The donation came in time for National Nestbox Week which ran from February 14-21 and encourages the public to create homes for nesting birds and promotes the conservation and diversity of wildlife.
The 25 bird boxes were made and painted by children who carry out reparation activities with the YOS. The focus of reparation is to repair the harm which has been caused by a child’s behaviour in the community. The time and effort spent in making and painting the bird boxes not only serves as an apology, but also teaches a child skills and patience while learning about the conservation of declining wildlife.
Cllr. Nigel George, Cabinet member for Waste and Public Protection said: “This is a lovely idea from the YOS for National Nestbox Week. The children will be pleased to know that their handy work is being seen and enjoyed by the local communities and helping declining wildlife by providing safe nesting sites for birds.”