Dogs help feather birds’ nests

Dog groomers Dogs Aloud are offering containers of fur to help birds build their nest.  Vicki Holmes, Kathy Cox and Julia Green with dog Holly.
Dog groomers Dogs Aloud are offering containers of fur to help birds build their nest. Vicki Holmes, Kathy Cox and Julia Green with dog Holly.

WHILE Blackpool’s pooches are sporting trimmed locks, the resort’s birds are feathering their nests with the fluffy off cuts from the salon floor.

That’s because a new dog groomers is encouraging residents to collect the dog coat trimmings from the salon and leave the excess fur outside their homes for our feathered friends.

The novel way of helping the environment comes from Dogs Aloud in Vicarage Lane, Marton.

Kathy Cox, from the salon, said: “We realised birds could use the hair when preparing their nests in spring, so we decided we would help the process.

“It will be nice for the birds to have natural things to build their homes with.”

The idea also means the salon, which fills up to two large bin bags with fur every week, will send less rubbish to landfill.

Kathy added: “This is

our way of doing our bit for the environment.

“We are always on the look out for ways to recycle.”

Ruth Fraser, centre manager at the RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre in Fairhaven, said the initiative was a good idea.

She said: “Birds are starting to get interested in nesting now, looking at prospective sites and collecting things from gardens.

“They are quite ingenious and will collect all sorts for their nests, usually moss and the lining of hanging baskets.

“I have heard of people brushing their pets outdoors and leaving the hair for the birds, and I’ve even heard of people putting the fluff from tumble dryers out.

“The only thing I would say to look out for is if it rains, bring the hair in and put fresh hair out because it may go mouldy.”

Anyone wanting to collect some fur from Dogs Aloud can buy a container for £5 from the salon. It can be then refilled for free.