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Bird Box Design and Monitoring

May 30, 2015   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

Bird Box design

Bird Box design

This is our traditional design of front access nesting boxes and the ones used for this project. Note the lid sits on top of the back of the box thus making it more waterproof. All boxes are screwed together rather than nailed thus allowing the wood to be pulled together making the boxes even more secure and weatherproof. Galvanized screws being used for assembly and fixing to trees. For access to the box, the front pivots inward at the top (note overlap of timber at bottom) allowing easy access to ring nestlings and for cleaning purposes when all young have fledged. Boxes should be cleaned out for hygiene purposes after use (where possible) as birds will roost in them throughout the winter months.

Workshop 1

2 members of the Greystoke Forest Ringing Group gave a brief introduction on the benefits of using bird and bat boxes, species of birds most likely to utilize the boxes within the park area and demonstrating the assembly of a bird and bat box. The children were then eager to ‘get on with it’. All boxes were screwed together rather than nailed making a more secure fixing. Finished boxes were then left on site until the remainder were assembled. As some of the children found it very difficult to use the proper equipment, it was decided to make the remainder of boxes up off site and store at the centre until they were ready for putting up.

Workshop 2

On March 30th 2009 36 boxes were put up around the park. All bird boxes were faced north, this being a more sheltered position and facing away from the direct heat of the sun. The bird boxes were numbered 1 to 22. The bat boxes remained unnumbered for the present. The children arrived for the after school club at approx. 16.00 hrs and when a brief talk took place prior to taking them round and selecting a numbered box for each of the children. This was to be their personal box which they could monitor throughout the project. Simple but effective recording forms were to be produced for each child to complete when box monitoring took place, giving a complete data set for each numbered box. The children were really excited when choosing their own box and we look forward to our first visit and box checking.

Bird ringing

Bird ringing

All the nestlings at each individual box will be ringed with a unique numbered metal ring for future identification. Bird ringing within the UK is undertaken by fully trained and qualified volunteers licensed by and working on behalf of The British Trust for Ornithology. 2009 is the 100 anniversary of the Trust. More details as to why birds are ringed etc.and much more information can be found on their web site Please have a look to widen your knowledge and see the amazing work which the BTO are involved with.


First checking of boxes

First checking of boxes

The boxes were put up on 30th March 2009 and arrangements were made for first checking on 20th May 2009. The children were quite excited and were eager to see what was in their specific numbered boxes. Seven boxes were occupied (31.8%) which was an excellent return for the first year. We also had a Pipistrelle Bat fly out of bird box no.22 when checking for occupancy. None of the Bat boxes were checked. Updates of ringing etc to follow after next visit. Ready for action, well nearly all!

Grant from The Cumbria Biodiversity Partnership

May 30, 2015   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

Bird Box design

A grant from The Cumbria Biodiversity Partnership Small Projects Fund was secured by the Friends of Chances Park to erect and monitor bird and bat boxes on Chances Park, Carlisle in 2009 for a period of four years and thereafter if found necessary. Members of The Greystoke Forest Ringing Group were involved from the onset of the project and were ably assisted by the children’s After School group at Morton Community Centre. The timber selected for the boxes was Larch (larix decidua) This coniferous wood is the very best for lasting qualities and was purchased from Rose Bank Sawmill, Dalston. Thirty six boxes (22 bird and 14 bat) were cut to shape, drilled and taken in flat-pack form ready for assembly on site. Two workshops were originally arranged to enlist the help of the children from the Community Centres after school group.

Chances Park Nature Trail

May 30, 2015   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Chances Park, Latest News  //  No Comments

Chances Park Nature Trail

In July Newlaithes School once again helped to launch our new Nature Trail.

Using the new Nature Trail leaflet they took a rubbing at each Trail Post Point exploring and learning which tree is which, where to find insects, butterflies, owls, bats and many different species of birds in there natural environments as you can see great fun was had.

More Nature Trail photos in our gallery, click here.

Click here to download the Chances Park Nature Trail Map

Click here to download Chances Park Nature Trail Info


Drum Trek

May 30, 2015   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Latest News  //  No Comments
Drum Trek – a rhythmical odysseyDrum trek arrives at Chances Park on 8 July 2015
John o’Groats to Land’s End26 Drum circles… in 26 days! In July 2015 Paul John Dear set off from John O’Groats in Scotland with a van full of drums. Over 26 days he  facilitated 26 community drum circles and will arrive in Land’s End at the finish of his Rhythmical Odyssey: Drum TrekPaul used this journey to connect with the UK drum community and beyond with a desire to raise funds for the support of Tinto Music and Arts ( The Creative Arts wing of Wiston Lodge) and Stainsby Festival. The Drum Trek visited:
  • Findhorn
  • Aberdeen
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Wiston
  • Carlisle <—- on 8 July 2015
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Wakefield
  • Hull
  • Leeds
  • Hebden Bridge
  • Preston
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • Sheffield
  • Stainsby (2 days)
  • Nottingham
  • Birmingham
  • Newtown
  • Swansea
  • Cardiff
  • Bristol
  • London
  • Brighton
  • and finally… Land’s End! 
Wiston Lodge is a residential centre that specialises in Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED), particularly relating to young people and at-risk adults.

Solar Eclipse over Chances Park

May 24, 2015   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

The recent solar eclipse (20 March 2015) was visible in Chances Park.

Can you spot the crescent-shaped sun through the branches of the tree on the left?

FOCP Solar Eclipse March 2015 2


FOCP Solar Eclipse March 2015

2014 Visitor Update

May 24, 2015   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

In 2014 the turnstiles on Dunmail Drive and Wigton Road recorded 213,521 visits by people to Chances Park!

(The other park entrances are not ‘counted’)

Chances Park in Carlisle is an Open Park – available to use 24 hours a day. Many local residents benefit from having such a beautiful open space on their doorstep and take part in many of the activities held in the park and Morton Community Centre.

FOCP Meeting

May 24, 2015   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

The next Friends of Chances Park (FOCP) Meeting was on 7 September 2015 at 2.00pm at Morton Community Centre.

If you would like to find out more about the meeting or FOCP, please contact Iris Rogan

Friends of Chances Park AGM (2014)

May 24, 2015   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

Read the end of year report from the FOCP Chairman.

FOCP – Chair’s AGM Report 2014

Manor Fairy Day (24 July 2015)

May 11, 2014   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

Fairy DayAnother Manor Fairy Day in Chances Park with Magical Mel!

11.00am to 3.00pm

Join the Magic of the Gardens and part in magical things…!

  • Free activities
  • Storytime
  • Characters
  • Workshops
  • Glitter tattoos
  • Face painting
  • Balloons
  • Stalls

Tickets £5 (under 2s FREE) – available from Morton Manor or Magical Mel (Tel: 01228 710386) or book online.

Click here for further information

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Tree and Bulb Planting Projects

Mar 26, 2014   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Chances Park, Events, Park Events  //  No Comments

We have annual programmes to plant trees and bulbs.

We welcome the help of local schoolchildren (Newlaithes School is a regular supporter).

  • No experience required. 
  • Bring a pack lunch or enjoy refreshments at the Manor Cafe