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Rich pickings as millionaires help build bird boxes for wildlife group Eco Eling




A COMMUNITY group set up to champion wildlife has taken delivery of 20 bird nest boxes built by millionaires.

Eco Eling, which was set up by friends Sam Cutcliffe and Charley Schrader, was given the boxes thanks to a project by the National Lottery in which previous winners from across Hampshire spent time in lockdown building and decorating them.

Sam said: “Our project is very much a community initiative, run by a group of dedicated local people to champion wildlife in Eling and its surroundings.

Copyright Camelot, Free For Editorial Use Photographer: James Robinson / www.James-Robinson.co.uk Southampton National Lottery winners, Geoff and Judith Coombes (£1M in 2016), help with the installation of nest boxes - built and painted by a team of Hampshire lottery winners during the winter lockdown - at Eco Eling, a Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s Team Wilder site in Southampton. For further information or queries regarding usage, please contact: Clare Smith: clare@boncepr.com / 07786 102983 (45961064)
Copyright Camelot, Free For Editorial Use Photographer: James Robinson / www.James-Robinson.co.uk Southampton National Lottery winners, Geoff and Judith Coombes (£1M in 2016), help with the installation of nest boxes - built and painted by a team of Hampshire lottery winners during the winter lockdown - at Eco Eling, a Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s Team Wilder site in Southampton. For further information or queries regarding usage, please contact: Clare Smith: clare@boncepr.com / 07786 102983 (45961064)

“What started as a group of like-minded neighbours in the pub planning a hedgehog highway has flourished, with support from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, and we now have several local spaces where we are creating wildlife havens.

“Receiving these nest boxes just before Easter could not have been timed better. Not only will they provide a home for some of our local nesting birds but hopefully will also inspire local families looking for something to do over the Easter holidays to try their hand at building their own nest box.”

Becky Fisher, acting director of advocacy and engagement for the trust, added: “While the future residents of these wonderful nest boxes won’t know they were constructed by a

multimillionaire taskforce, hopefully some people who don’t usually visit the area will be intrigued and come along to take a look.”



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