Nature gets helping hand

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Bird boxes have been erected at two Northumberland surface mines, by a group of local scouts.

Members of Dinnington scout group are working with regional developer The Banks Group around the building and erection of new bird boxes around Banks’ Brenkley Lane and Shotton surface mines.

The group has built and put up around 50 additional boxes within the woodland surrounding the two operational sites.

The work is being carried out as part of Banks’ Biodiversity Action Plan, progressive restoration and landscaping programmes, which will also create new wildlife corridors to link with other nearby habitats.

Katie Perkin, communications manager at The Banks Group, said: “Taking a progressive ‘restoration first’ approach to our work in this way, rather than waiting until all mining operations are completed on the site, minimises the time it takes to restore and improve the land and allows us to take a proactive, long-term approach to ecology, habitat creation and landscape management.”