Friday 12 April 2013
More than two million people visit Cadw’s 128 historic sites every year to discover the stories behind Wales’s breathtaking castles, abbeys, industrial and prehistoric monuments. And as well as being impressive structures, many of Cadw’s historical monuments are also home to fascinating wildlife.
The start of the spring season marks the time of year when many birds begin the search for safe places to build nests, and on Sunday, 14 April Cadw and Gwent Wildlife Trust are encouraging people to visit the site to take part in the workshops, in order to build nest boxes to encourage birds to visit your garden.
Castell Coch, the fairytale castle, is built on medieval foundations and surrounded by beech woods. It still has a working drawbridge and in recent times as been used by many TV productions including Dr Who, Merlin and Antiques Roadshow.
Following the workshop participants will be invited to join one of the castle’s guided botany walks through the beech woods surrounding Castell Coch, to examine the local wildlife, flowers and plants.
Tom Clarke, Chief Executive from Gwent Wildlife Trust said: 'Natural nesting holes, on which many bird species depend, are disappearing as trees are cut down and old houses are renovated, therefore it is increasingly important for people to build nesting boxes for their gardens to help protect wildlife.
The session will not only give participants an opportunity to build something for their gardens, will also provide a home for the dozens of bird varieties in South Wales from Blue Tits to House Sparrows, Great Tits and Nuthatches.'
Lesley Evans, Head Custodian at Castell Coch added: 'This event will offer visitors and local residents an opportunity to learn something new about the wildlife that visits our monument, with fabulous setting of Castell Coch as a backdrop.'
The event will take place on Sunday, 14 April 2013 between 11.00am – 4.00pm. Normal entry charges apply and there is an additional charge of £5.00 for materials. Places are limited so visitors are advised to get to the site early to avoid disappointment.