Posted 9th February by Peter Byrne
Two charities have united to create an area full of wildlife, clean air and healthy places to play, run, walk or cycle
Natural Surrey Health, the brainchild of The Camberley Society and Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust, is aiming to make Surrey Heath a natural borough - a place where people and nature are better connected, and a borough rich with wildlife where every child can benefit from exploring, playing and learning outdoors. The project is aiming to make a better, greener and healthier place for wildlife to live in.
The launch of the project will be marked by giving out 50 bird box kits to residents of Surrey Heath during National Nest Box Week. Within just a few weeks, the lucky owners will start to see birds make their nests and be able to watch them as they lay their eggs, hatch them and finally fledge their young in springtime. These boxes will be strong enough to last for many years.
For your chance to reserve or collect your nest box kit, visit the Natural Surrey Heath stand in The Square, Camberley (near Poundland) on Saturday 17th February.
Colin Wilson of the Blackwell Valley Countryside Trust says: "The UK State of Nature Report 2016 headline findings were that half of our wildlife species have shown a declining population between 1970 and 2013."
"But all is not lost. You only need to see the millions of viewers for BBC programmes such as Blue Planet II, Countryfile, Springwatch and Winterwatch to realise the growing levels of fascination with our wildlife. Natural Surrey Heath wants to help the whole community to see the benefits of working together to make this happen and make Surrey Heath one of the most beautiful and naturally diverse places in the country."
David Powell of The Camberley Society and joint leader of the project says: "The idea for Natural Surrey Heath came from the London National City Park Project. It inspired us to think about what we could do at a local level. Let’s make Surrey Heath a natural borough, where people and nature live alongside each other and where children grow up nurturing the natural world around them."