These boots are made for squawkin’ - Old footwear turned into nest boxes
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A recycling project will provide new homes for birds across the region by turning old boots into nest boxes.
Project Nestbox ran for the first time last year as schoolchildren got involved by painting 50 donated bird boxes, which were placed in areas across Norfolk and Suffolk.
Robert Ashton, of Norwich business Buzz Bee Gardening, was inspired to bring back the initiative for a second year after seeing old boots being used in the US to help birds to nest.
He said: "Everyone has old boots lying around in garden sheds or garages. I asked a few people if they wanted to donate to their garden for nature as a bird nest and they were all delighted.
"What better way to recycle old boots rather than putting them in the waste bin?"
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Using his own technique, he has made 'nest boots' for blue tits and great tits, while also adapting others for robins, wrens and flycatchers.
They have been placed so that garden birds can get used to them before hopefully nesting in them in spring.
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Mr Ashton said: "Providing nest sites in your garden is very rewarding, to watch the whole process of the birds first taking to the nest site, building the nest, feeding the young and then the young emerging.
"A whole host of our garden birds make use of all kinds of nest sites we put up, and it's important to help nature where we can."