We are a charity and we are always looking to raise money to cover our costs. Last year we are extremely fortunate in obtaining a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to specifically help us with the costs of purchasing and fitting camera equipment to many of our boxes. We could never hope to do that without their help. We also are grateful to previous donors, such as the Newtown Round Table Charitable Trust and the P&L Trust, who have generously supported us in the past.
Despite these extremely valuable contributions to our work they are only one-offs. We will still have ongoing costs for tools, materials and travel to maintain what we already have. Coffee mornings in Llandinam Village Hall have continued to be a valuable source of funds due to the extraordinary support of our local neighbours, to whom we are extremely grateful.
One of our assets is access to Jon Sloan's workshop, his energy and skill with the woodworking tools and the time of our volunteers. This means we can make Barn Owl boxes, bat boxes and, new for this year, high quality boxes for smaller garden birds using our off-cuts.
Rather than spending extra to set up a commercial on-line site we will are selling these items through eBay. We chose eBay because it is familiar to most of us, safe and easy to use.