is turning its efforts to helping a new type of customer this month by building new homes for some of our most endangered species of garden birds.

Yorkshire’s leading upmarket will mark for a second consecutive year by putting up dozens of nest boxes at its developments across the region.

The move comes as many much-loved species of garden birds continue to decline. In the last 30 years starling numbers have fallen by 77 per cent, house sparrows by 64 per cent, blackbirds 39 per cent and robins 37 per cent, according to an annual survey by the .

The phenomenon is attributed to the loss of gardens and suitable nesting sites in modern houses so David Wilson Yorkshire East will help to counter the trend by installing nest boxes in the homes of purchasers who move in during February.

Last year the upmarket housebuilder built dozens of comfortable new homes for Yorkshire’s avian residents. This year staff hope to put up even more of the nest boxes, which are perfectly suited to starlings, house sparrows and other traditional hole-nesting species.

“A beautiful environment complete with native plants and traditional garden birds is an integral part of the communities we build,” said , Sales Director at David Wilson Yorkshire East.”

“That is why we are committed to doing everything we can to support the wildlife at our developments and create new habitats that will be sustainable for generations to come.”

“The peak of the nesting season is in May but it is important to put up nesting boxes well in advance so that birds can become accustomed to them. We are therefore acting now to put nest boxes on both newly built homes and suitable trees at the development.”

Jeff Baker of the British Trust for Ornithology said: “We are delighted that David Wilson Yorkshire East is supporting our 2011 National Nest Box Week. The fact that a leading housebuilder is showing the way to help our feathered friends is a very exciting development.”

National Nest Box Week runs from 14-21st February 2011 and is organised by the British Trust for Ornithology, Britain’s leading bird research charity. For further information visit www.bto.org/nnbw

For more information on participating developments call 0800 590733 or visit www.dwh.co.uk

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