National Nest Box Week 2015 kicks off on Valentines day, 14th February and ends on 21st February. The event which began in 1997 and is organised by the British Trust for Ornithology, aims to encourage birds into the gardens of Britain to nest.
During the week, BTO asks participants to put up a nest box in their local area. This will help protect the wildlife that is around and encourage more birds to brood in back gardens. This way they are also increasing the number of suitable nesting spaces for birds.
Why do Nest Boxes help?
Sadly birds lose their homes as a result of trees being cut down and old buildings being repaired. As gardens are tidied, birds are forced out of their natural nesting sites. Putting up bird boxes is a great solution to this problem and there are now apparently 5-6 million boxes across the UK.
Did you know that different birds will need different bird boxes? Birds like the House Sparrow, Blue Tit and Nuthatch will be attracted to nest boxes with small holes, for instance. Large boxes with holes however will attract the Great Spotted Woodpecker, the Little Owl and Starlings. The Kestrel and Tawny owl are attracted to much larger boxes and open fronted boxes are great for birds such as the Robin.
Can anyone take part?
Whether you’re a family with space in your garden for a bird box, a member of a local wildlife group, or a teacher, the opportunity is open to anyone and everyone who wants to join in.
How to Take Part
Head to the National Nest Box Week website and register for your free information pack. Once you’re set to go, you will need a nest box. You can either buy or make one if you’re a bit crafty. During the week, your job is to monitor your nest box and report back what you saw.
You can report back by logging into the website and following the instructions to record your details. Details will include the species building the nest, its location, and what kind of habitat it is in. You should also jot down how many eggs and chicks you saw at regular intervals throughout the breeding season.
For handy tips on making your garden wildlife friendly, visit our recent blog post, The RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch.
Also stay tuned for more tips from us on creating nest boxes and completing other wildlife related projects. In the meantime, if you have any advice of your own, we would love to hear it! Just get in touch via the comments section below or through Twitter, Facebook or Google +