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Affordable housing for animals

Issued: 22 Jan 2007

Nature-lovers are being invited to help Highland Council and Forestry Commission Rangers to build new homes and shelters for birds and minibeasts which will then be installed in Glenurquhart Forest area of Balnain.

The Rangers hope that their efforts will help animals during the cold weather and provide homes for them during the summer breeding season.

Anyone interested in helping to build homes and feeders for birds and minibeasts should join the Council~s Rangers on Saturday 3rd February at Phipps Hall in Beauly. Then, on Sunday 11th February, participants will head out into the woods at Glenurquhart Forest at Balnain with Forestry Commission Rangers.

Mairi Nicolson, Highland Council~s Countryside ranger for Inverness West said: "Like us, woodland animals can find it hard getting a foot on the property ladder. You can help do your bit for local wildlife by coming along to one or both of these fun events.

"We hope that by showing people how to build the right types of boxes and shelters for wildlife and how best to place them, that they can take these skills home and try to help wildlife in their own gardens or local areas."

This event is organised as part of The Highland Council's Planning and Development Services countryside events programme in partnership with the Forestry Commission. This event is suitable for individuals and family groups, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. It is free to attend but booking is required. To book a place or for further information please telephone 01463 710786.

The Highland Council Countryside Rangers are a partnership between The Highland Council and Scottish Natural Heritage with the aim of promoting public enjoyment and appreciation of the countryside and conserving wildlife.

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