For the last 20 years the week of the 14th to 21st February has been National Nestbox Week, encouraging all of us to hang nestboxes for our garden birds.

British Trust for Ornithology offer a free information pack and links to garden nestbox making and maintenance. To request a pack complete their online form.

20 Years of Nestboxes

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In 2016 we put up two nestboxes and were quite quickly rewarded with a pair of Blue Tits moving in and later their little family learning to fly in our garden. Already this year both boxes are being investigated by Tits so we may get two lots of fledglings this year!

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Once you’ve hung a nestbox, register with BTO and take part in Nestbox Challenge by monitoring and recording your sightings.

Top Tips

When hanging a nestbox consider the following :-

  • Keep it away from cats and squirrels
  • Site the box at least 2 metres from the ground
  • Place the front of the box facing towards the south, giving protection from cold northerly winds
  • Open fronted nestboxes should be hidden from view, on a wall or fence with bushes or ivy growing up
  • Don’t site nestboxes too close to each other
  • Try to site boxes away from feeders as the activity may disturb nesting
  • If squirrels or woodpeckers are a problem consider placing a ring of metal around the entrance hole to stop damage

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House hunting 2017
Hang a nestbox NOW – there’s a whole week to get one up. Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

See my post on year-round bird feeding for advice on what and how to feed your garden visitors.

For bird feeding ideas read How to Make a Hanging Coconut Bird Feeder and to find out about duck feeding read my Duck Feeding Guide – did you know ducks shouldn’t eat bread?

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