Give a bird a home!

national nest box week

This great idea is organised by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and gives us all a chance to get involved in helping our wildlife.

With more and more trees being cut down we need to not only protect our wildlife but also encourage more birds to come home to roost.

National Nest Box Week takes places from 14-21 February 2015 and is a great time to get the whole family involved, you can buy a ready made box or if you are feeling more adventurous why not make your own the National Nest Box Week Website has some great advice. Different types of nest boxes attract different birds, Robins are partial to open fronted boxes whereas a Great Spotted Woodpecker likes a large box with holes.

Once you have decided on the type of box you would like to put up you then need to take the necessary steps to ensure it will be in favour with your feathered friends. The main points to keep in mind are :

  • Don’t position nest boxes of the same type too close together as this may promote aggressive behaviour.
  • Shelter your box from rain, strong sunlight & prevailing winds. Ensure the box is angled vertically.
  • Position boxes 3 meters from the ground preferably on a tree trunk, although sheds & walls work just as well.
  • Ensure open-fronted boxes are hidden from view with shrubs & plants.
  • Position nest box away from feeders, as high levels of activity can birds disturb nesting.

There are now around 6 million nest boxes in the UK and I’m happy to say we have a few in our garden. It’s fascinating to be able to watch the comings and goings of our little neighbours and knowing that we are doing our bit to ensure our native breeds continue to strive.

Good luck with your nesting, I hope boxes are busy! Why not pop onto our Facebook page and send us your piccies we’d love to see your success x