With the nesting season only just around the corner, it's almost time for the national nest box week! But what is it and how does it help our garden birds?
A young blue tit fledgling taking his first look out into the world!
What is National Nest Box Week?
Every year between the 14th and the 21st of February it is National Nest Box Week. It has been going for 20 years and there’s no sign of it stopping any time soon!
The aim of this week is very much tied in with one of our main philosophies here at Brinvale. The team at the British Trust for Ornithology are encouraging people far and wide to site nest boxes in their local areas to help preserve not only the birds but wildlife across the board. If you are interested in taking part you can sign up for a free information pack from the British Trust for Ornthiology here...
So, whether you are thinking of siting a bird box in your garden, school or you’re a member of a bird club or wildlife society here are some tips and tricks to get you prepared for the week!
What is the best Nest Box?
To answer this question, you need to know the answer to another question first! Which birds would I like to have in my garden?
If you are a fan of birds such as robins or wrens we would recommend what’s called an open fronted nest box. This has an opening large enough for robins and wrens to fit into to bring nesting materials and food for their fledglings inside. A good place to start would be the open fronted Woodstone nest box, which you can see here.
Or if you prefer birds such as blue tits or house sparrows then you will need a smaller entry hole on your nest box. Either a 32mm or a 28mm hole would be for the best! You can browse our selection of nest boxes here.
Although we believe in and have tested all the nest boxes on our website we find that the Woodstone nest boxes are the best of the best. As they are made from Woodcrete (a combination of wood and concrete) they hold the temperature better than a traditional wooden structure. The front also easily detaches to allow you to get in and clean it out once it has been vacated too. We stock the Woodstone Nest Box range in a variety of different sizes openings. The 28mm, the 32mm and the open fronted for larger birds. And it’s not just us who think so…
Tips for a successful nesting:
Where you place your nest box can have a huge effect on how likely you are to get wild birds to your box. Have a look at the guide below:
Other factors that can help are to provide nesting materials for the birds. They will use these to make the nest box better insulated and more comfortable. Think of it a bit like being wrapped up in a duvet for us! Equally, if you have a pet dog the hair which naturally ends up on the carpet or sofa (if you are anything like Bracken, our red fox lab) can be left on bird tables or hung from a washing line and works brilliantly for doing the same job.
This article was written by Hilary Wiles. If you have any questions or queries about the article you can email contact Hilary by email on firstname.lastname@example.org