Children at a Barrhead school have been designing bird boxes as part of a bid to encourage more wildlife into their gardens.

The 20-strong group of pupils at Hillview Primary took part in a challenge set by housebuilder Taylor Wimpey, who supplied the school’s eco-committee with all of the materials needed.

Maya Calvert, the firm’s local sustainability champion, then chose her three favourite designs before the youngsters took their bird boxes home to install in their own gardens.

The winners – Bobbie, April and Lana – were presented with book tokens.

Taylor Wimpey, which is building 316 homes at the Duncarnock development, off Springfield Road, also provided each child with an activity book packed with fun facts about the environment.

In addition, the school received a nature pack for its garden, including a bird box, bird feed and a ‘bug hotel.’ Paula Riley, depute headteacher, said: “The children had great fun coming up with the designs for and painting their bird boxes.

“Bobbie, April and Lana were delighted to have their designs chosen as Maya’s favourite,and all of the children were thrilled to be able to take their boxes home.”