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National Trust appeals for donations to help wildlife at Rayleigh Mount
NATURE-LOVERS are needed to help squirrels and birds live side by side at a Rayleigh beauty spot.
The National Trust are asking people to donate to help pay for squirrel-proof nestboxes at Rayleigh Mount, off Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh, to stop the creatures chewing their way in and eating eggs.
The special boxes have metal sections to stop the animals gnawing at them.
Michael Stone, chairman of the group that looks after the mount on behalf of the National Trust, said they want to encourage both species to flourish in the area.
He said: “It is a small area that is an absolute haven for wildlife. As always with wildlife, you try to keep a balance. There are lots of squirrels and lots of birds. It is a fact that if squirrels know there are nestboxes they try to chew their way into them.
“The mount is a lovely area right in the middle of Rayleigh. If anyone wants to donate boxes they would be welcome.”
To find out more, or to donate, go to www.facebook.com/rayleighmountnt or call Michael Stone on 01268775328.
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