Driving ambition to help nature at club

Tom Pattison with two of the nest boxes he made to be installed around the course at Blyth Golf Club.
Tom Pattison with two of the nest boxes he made to be installed around the course at Blyth Golf Club.

Tom Pattison, a greens keeper at Blyth Golf Club, was hoping for a birdie during National Nest Box Week.

He made and donated 30 nest boxes to install around the course as part of an on-going initiative.

With the loss of habitat and natural bird nesting spots in the UK becoming a growing issue, the British Trust for Ornithology and other wildlife charities are calling for more people to put up these boxes to help the conservation effort.

Mr Pattison said: “Many golf clubs have found that a naturalistic golf course environment which is attractive for wildlife is also generally more attractive for golfers.

“Over the past years, I’ve made and put up over 60 nest boxes around the course for all types of birds and I’m proud to say that they are all used.

“The course environment is perfect for encouraging wildlife and luckily only goes to improving the golfing experience at Blyth for members.”