Anyone wondering about the brown boxes appearing on trees in parts of Belfast?

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Bat boxes are hoped to encourage people to learn about biodiversity in city

Bat boxes have appeared on trees across Belfast in a City Council drive to teach people about bio-diversity.

The brown boxes have gone up in recent months as part of the local authority’s Biodiversity Action Plan aimed at conserving certain species, raising awareness and getting people involved in nature.

Boxes have appeared at a number of parks, mainly in the south of the city, including Cherryvale, Ormeau Park, Barnett’s and Blythefield, but could be rolled out to other sites if the project is a success.

Sara Barkley, a Community Parks Outreach Manager at the Council, said it is hoped the boxes will educate people about nature in their area.

She added: “We are hoping that by the winter we can organise bat walks with schools and community groups or who ever’s interested. People will be able to help us record different species and things like that and learn more about the biodiversity and habitat all around us.”

The council has worked with local experts to ensure the bat boxes are suitable for the creatures and that the trees are not damaged.

As well as bats, the biodiversity the programme is aiming to enhance includes birds and even pine martens with one understood to have been spotted close to Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast.

Article by Maurice Fiyzmaurice from Belfast Live