Weave your own willow bird hide!

Groundwork Solent
Wednesday, 21st November 2012

Want to build a quick and easy bird watching hide? Here's a simple solution made of willow that will grow into a beautiful hide and a habitat too.

Ever wanted to make your very own bird hide but been put off by the cost and the construction of what is a well built wooden shed? Be put off no more. With just a few willow whips you can weave your own hide with willow cuttings.

As part of the Green Learning for the Alver Valley Project, Hampshire, which creates opportunities for local people to actively engage with their local environment through conservation, environmental education and outdoor play, Year 2 pupils at Lee-on-Solent Infant school painted bird boxes and built a willow bird hide with the help of the charity, Groundwork Solent, to enhance their outdoor classroom.

The bird hide was made from living willow grown and rooted at The Sustainability Centre. Couldn't simpler and will become a beauitful structure!

Groundwork Solent are a Hampshire charity who work in their locality to help people and organisations make changes in order to create better neighbourhoods, to build skills and job prospects, and to live and work in a greener way.

For more information and inspiration on developing an outdoor classroom to help children learn from variety of curricula and extra-curricula activities see our forthcoming publication Outdoor Classrooms: A Handbook for School Gardens by Carolyn Nuttal and Janet Millington