A COLLECTION of 100 nest boxes have been donated to Badshot Lea Village Infant School, courtesy of Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve.

Every child in key stage one was given a nest box to take home and place in their garden.

The children were also given information on how to maintain and care for the gifts and home.

They were joined by Farnham mayor David Attfield and chairman of Tice’s Meadow Bird Group Richard Horton.

A spokesperson for the school said: “We would like to thank Tice’s Meadow for their generosity in taking the time to make these nest boxes for us and also to Farnham Town Council for the help with the funding for them.”

They continued: “We are hoping to see lots of pictures of the birds that move in to their new homes all around Badshot Lea and the surrounding area.”

Richard Horton said: “The nest boxes were delivered during the British Trust for Ornithology’s National Nest Box Week and we are encouraging the pupils to record which birds use their nest boxes, and report their sightings to the BTO and the RSPB.

“We hope that watching the birds in their gardens use the boxes will help nurture a love of the natural world and conservation within the pupils, as well as provide much needed nesting sites for the birds in the village.”

Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve is located at the former Farnham Quarry site, between Badshot Lea and Tongham, and is considered one of the best inland sites to watch birds in the southeast of England.