Hailsham school gets recognised by RSPB

Pupils and staff from Hawkes Farm School in Hailsham given a certificate by RSPB to recognise work to protect birds.
Pupils and staff from Hawkes Farm School in Hailsham given a certificate by RSPB to recognise work to protect birds.

Pupils from Hawkes Farm School in Hailsham were presented with a special thank you certificate from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for its work in protecting swifts.

The school participated in Wealden District Council’s ‘Green Wealden’ initiative to have the bird boxes installed on the school building by Hailsham’s Bird Brick Houses.

The aim of the bird boxes is to encourage more wildlife into built up surroundings and provide educational opportunity for pupils to learn about wildlife.

Rebecca Dell, who is a teacher at Hawkes Farm School, said pupils and staff were thrilled with the certificate.

She said: ““We are delighted to be part of this exciting environmental project to protect and encourage swifts in the Hailsham area. With the help of Duncan and Jenny McCutchan from Bird Brick House and Wealden Council our school has been fitted with four swift boxes.

“The new addition to our school has fascinated children and adults alike. We are looking forward to watching swifts crisscrossing our school fields and learning all about these incredible summer visiting birds.”

Cllr Roy Galley, portfolio holder for economic development and regeneration, said: “The future of our environment lies with the younger generation and it is pleasing to see that a number of Wealden schools have now taken on this excellent initiative.

“I would like to ask any major developer with a permission or allocation with Wealden to show their support by taking up this or a similar innovative approach to ensuring biodiversity is enhanced in the district.”

Jenny McCutchan, of Bird Brick Houses, added: “I am pleased that the work we have done with Hawkes Farm School has received recognition from the RSPB. There has been a marked decline in a number of native bird species due to the loss of nest sites and we hope we can help turn this around. Our vision is to see an integral bird box in each new dwelling and building constructed.

For more information on local business and green opportunities in Wealden, contact Wealden District Council’s Community and Regeneration Team at regeneration@wealden.gov.uk

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