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The Future

Treecreepers have already begun to take advantage of some specially designed boxes which have been placed around the woodland proving that it is not just the tit species that are looking for homes.

The immediate problem in habitat such as the young conifer sections and poplar stands at the centre is that there are relatively few natural nest sites in these sort of trees. The provision of nestboxes can be of great benefit to birds and mammals until the trees reach maturity.

Mammal boxes will be placed in the more mature areas of the woodland to encourage wood mice and shrews all part of the food chain.

A sponsored winter feeding station for birds could also be a possibility similar stations have been recorded as being responsible for sustaining resident flocks of tree sparrows which under normal consitions live on grass and weed seeds which are ever scarce due to agrochemicals, weedkillers and a general lack of rough pasture land.

Sympathetic woodland management providing clearings for flowers to flourish and the recognition that a woodland must have plenty of dead wood littering its floor to support a rich ecosystem can both boost biodiversity within a habitat.

Most importantly a visitor venue such as the owl centre is vital to getting environmental message across to the public while providing a place of interest, education a nd recreation this end remains the main aim at the Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre.