We are delighted to announce that we now have ten swift boxes installed around the school site. Our amazing Environmental Action Committee pupils have been working hard on Project Bird Box, so it is great to see this come to fruition. It’s really encouraging that these children came up with the idea from scratch, and have seen it through to completion, which involved working with the site team to find suitable locations, sending emails to various stakeholders, sourcing the swift boxes, and obtaining the funding (massive thanks to Friends of Cheney for this!) This is a great example of what young people can achieve when they put their minds to it. Swifts are one of many bird species in decline in the UK, and a shortage of nesting sites is one of the reasons for this, so we hope that we will soon have our own families of swifts benefitting from these boxes. If successful, we will aim to increase the number of boxes in the future.
Environmental Action Club students said:
"We wanted to increase the wildlife we see around school, as well as providing spaces for swifts, whose numbers are dropping in Oxford. A big thanks to Mr Scatchard, the Site Team and Cheney Friends for all their help and hopefully in the coming months we will see some swifts flying over Cheney!"
David, Laurie, Theo, Siri, Esther, Lucy and Rachel
If you're interested in making a difference in your environment, join the KS3/4 Environmental Action Committee with Mr Scatchard when clubs restart this term!