Winter theme at Lake Ribble wildlife event

Claire Critchley from Ribble Discovery Centre with Rebecca-Mae Saunders, aged four, building a bird box at the RSPB Fairhaven Lake's Winter Homes Event

Claire Critchley from Ribble Discovery Centre with Rebecca-Mae Saunders, aged four, building a bird box at the RSPB Fairhaven Lake's Winter Homes Event

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Preparation for winter was the theme of an event held jointly by the RSPB and the Friends of Fairhaven Lake at the Lake’s Ribble Discovery Centre.

Entitled Winter Homes, it offered the opportunity to have a go at building bird and bug boxes, find out generally how to help the wildlife at Fairhaven Lake and gather tips on preparing gardens and greenspaces for nature this winter.

Friends of Fairhaven Lake, Coun Cheryl Little, Amanda Joynt, Mark Daniels and Alan Pedder at the RSPB Fairhaven Lake's Winter Homes Event

Friends of Fairhaven Lake, Coun Cheryl Little, Amanda Joynt, Mark Daniels and Alan Pedder at the RSPB Fairhaven Lake's Winter Homes Event

Claire Critchley, from RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre said: “While winter brings the Ribble Estuary to life with the arrival of large numbers of ducks, geese and wading birds, it’s important not to forget those that live here all year round. Fairhaven Lake is also home to bats, bugs and garden birds too.

“All these creatures need a little help to survive the colder seasons and the solutions are really simple, they just need a bit of manpower.”

The Friends declared the event ‘a fantastic day’ and chairman Alan Peddar said: “The Friends’ aim is to enhance Fairhaven Lake’s facilities for both the local community and visitors to the area and we were delighted to work with the RSPB at the Winter Homes event.”

RSPB volunteer Ian Wormersley helps Gabrysia Cox, aged seven, from Fairhaven, build a bird box

RSPB volunteer Ian Wormersley helps Gabrysia Cox, aged seven, from Fairhaven, build a bird box