Milverton, Somerset

Milverton Conservation Group bird and bug homes

Completing a bird box
Completing a bird box

Recently, in partnership with Transition Town Wellington, the Conservation Group held a workshop for children to make nest boxes for birds and bug hotels for insects. Leading the activity was a very lovely, cheery, six-foot-six elf in stripey tights: Trevor Phelps. Supervised by Trevor and other helpers from MCVG, over 13 many nest boxes and 7 bug hotels were made by the children and their parents.

The Friends Meeting House hall was filled with the happy sounds of well-supervised hammering, sticking and stapling and, at the end of the session, lots of happy children producing future homes for our bird and bugs. They were also provided with advice on the best location for their nest boxes and information on the type of birds likely to use them.

The children’s concentration while working on the boxes and hotels was a joy to see and the wonderful sense of achievement as they proudly presented the finished results was clear to us all. It was a fabulous event and all resulted in some lovely home-made Christmas gifts to put under the tree this year. Let’s hope that the nesting birds in the spring will enjoy their new homes!

Taking a well earned rest
Trevor Phelps, Gwil Wren and Nik Thomas having a well earned rest!

In sharp contrast, this photo is of the organisers, Trevor Phelps, Gwil Wren and Nik Thomas having a well earned rest!



Milverton Conservation March update

Thanks to everyone who took part in our recent conservation working days. We are always looking for new people to join us, so if you like being outside and helping to encourage nature to flourish, come along. No special knowledge is needed and kit is provided. It is a good idea to bring gardening gloves and to wear appropriate footwear.

See EuCAN Milverton Conservation Volunteer Group for events. There is also a mailing list for you to sign up for notifications of future events.

Proposed future events:

  • Saturday 15 April – dawn chorus walk
  • Wednesday 14 June – Swift survey and walk around the village

Always check EuCAN Milverton Conservation Volunteer Group before you set out as events may be cancelled or start times changed due to the weather on the day

Nest box and bug hotel event

Nest box and bug hotelWe are pleased to announce the return of the ever popular nest box and bug hotel event. Join us on 11 December at the Milverton Sawmill. There are three sessions to chose from: 10am, 11am or 12pm.

Cost is £7.50 per nest box and £5 per bug hotel payable on the day.

Mainly for children accompanied by a responsible adult, but responsible unaccompanied adults are welcome.

This is a perfect opportunity to make a sustainable Christmas gift.


To book a place go Milverton Conservation nest box event.

Refreshments are available from the Coffee Engine.