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Community birdhouses

Choose your birdhouse and build a new home for our feathered friends.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Equipment depends on chosen birdhouse (see options below)
  • Stepladder

Safety checklist

Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include: 

  • Set up a hand washing station that you can use throughout the session.
  • Make sure people wash their hands before and after using any shared equipment or resources. 
  • Clean any equipment between different people using it.
  • Remind everyone to stay a safe distance apart at all times. If it works better for you, people could do this activity individually, rather than in pairs or small groups.

Chat about biodiversity

  1. Everyone should try to remember what biodiversity means.
  1. The person leading the activity should choose one of the example ecosystems from Web of life (insert link once uploaded).
  2. Everyone should name as many plants and animals in that ecosystem as they can. Can they name one thing they might eat or be eaten by?

Birdwatch walk

Choose somewhere to go for a walk in your local area. How many different birds can you spot? Are there any birdhouses or can you see any nests? Are there any good spots to put your birdhouses?

Build your bird houses

There are lots of different ways to make great birdhouses depending on the materials and space you have available. Choose from one of the options below to build your very own.

You will need

  • 1 litre juice carton
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • Hammer and nails (to mount the birdhouse)

You will need

  • Second-hand teapot
  • Sheet of wood
  • Wood saw
  • Hot glue
  • Hammer and nails (to mount the birdhouse)

You will need

  • Logs
  • Drill
  • Chisel
  • Mallet
  • Wood saw
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Small strips of wood (around 15cm by 5cm)

You will need

  • Plank of wood
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Saw
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Screws

Make a house a home

  1. Once everyone’s built their fantastic new birdhouses, they should head back out to where they want to place them and choose a spot between two and four metres above the ground on a tree, wall, or fence.
  1. Everyone should mount their birdhouses as described in the instructions.

Bird watching

  1. After a few weeks, everyone should head back out to their birdhouses.
  2. Everyone should quietly wait and watch to see if anyone’s moved into their creations.

Reflection

This activity helped people to take a look around their natural environment and see what they can do to help the local birds. Why do birds need people’s help? As people build more and more buildings and roads, they get rid of more of the birds’ natural habitats – it’s important that people do what they can to help he birds. What else can people do to help support their local environment and wildlife?

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Sharp objects

Teach young people how to use sharp objects safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.

Hand and electric tools
  • Inspect tools for any damage before each use. An adult should supervise people using tools, and people should follow instructions on how to use them correctly and safely. Tools should be properly maintained and kept sharp.
  • Use an appropriate surface and make sure materials are stable and supported when you’re working on them. You should cut and drill away from the body and in an area clear of other people.
  • Be extra cautious of trailing cables and water when using electric tools; use a cordless tool if one’s available.
Scissors

Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.

Hot tools
  • Tools such as irons and glue guns produce a lot of heat. Never touch the hot metal parts. Use them under adult supervision and on a suitable surface, protecting it if necessary.
  • Don’t leave hot tools unattended and be careful near combustible materials such as wood, textiles, or paper. Make sure there’s a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit (with items to treat burns) nearby.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper use. You may need to use gloves and safety goggles with glue guns.

Make it accessible

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.