Wildlife benefits from newly donated homes

Ashton Friends of Skitters Wood Group with their bird and bat boxes ready for summer Megan Heaton and Lauren Gillham

Ashton Friends of Skitters Wood Group with their bird and bat boxes ready for summer Megan Heaton and Lauren Gillham

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BIRDS and bats will benefit from new homes after a community group got crafty for them in Wigan.

The Ashton Friends of Skitters (AFOS) group has erected several new boxes in the wildlife-rich woodland with help from Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

The boxes themselves were made by inmates of Kirkham Prison in Lancashire as part of their skills training.

Karin Dagnall, a volunteer at AFOS, said: “We have secured 20 high quality bat and bird boxes which we have received gratis from HMP Kirkham.

“We would like to thank the prisoners, staff and particularly Mr Ridings of HMP Kirkham for kindly fabricating and donating these high quality items.

“We are very proud to be working with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust in order to provide cosy new habitats for the wildlife in Skitters Wood.

“We have lots of projects planned for the future and we would welcome new members to our monthly meetings.”

AFOS was only recently set up to help the Skitters Wood area between Ashton Town Centre and the M6 motorway.